Spellbound by Pluto’s dramatic landscape and the discovery of hordes of new planets? Fascinated to learn what wonders the next generation of telescopes and spacecraft will reveal about our extraordinary universe?
Find out from six leading experts at our one-day masterclass, hosted by acclaimed author Stuart Clark. There has never been a more exciting time to learn about the frontiers of astronomy.
What to expect:
Astronomy has fascinated humans since the times of antiquity. The thousand twinkling stars in the night sky may easily capture the eye and the imagination, but we now know that there is much, much more to the universe that surrounds us.
In recent years, advancing technology has opened our gaze to unimagined wonders and deep new mysteries of the celestial realms. From the nearest worlds to the furthest galaxies, the frontiers of astronomy have never been wider or more exciting.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has shown Pluto to be a thrilling world of mountains and plains, unlike anything that was anticipated before the first images were beamed back in July.
The wealth of planets known to exist around other stars has allowed us to begin putting our solar system into context. The early hints are that most planetary systems are very different from our own. What does that mean for life in the universe?
Astronomers have unmasked a universe of violence with stars eating other stars, tremendous explosions and collisions taking place on a daily basis.
The black holes that have dominated the frontiers of astronomy for decades remain as enigmatic as ever. Trying to understand their inner workings may even be the route to the long-sought-after “theory of everything”.
A mighty new telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, is starting to be built. It promises to extend our vision into the celestial realm known as "the dark ages", where the first celestial objects must have formed.
To learn about these and other topics, join our speakers on a journey through space to the frontiers of astronomy.
Topics covered will include:
- How common are planets like the Earth?
- What have we learned from Pluto?
- What lies at the heart of a black hole?
- What is gravity?
- What were the first celestial objects to form?
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in the secrets of the Universe, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: Frontiers of Astronomy offers the chance to learn directly from the experts in this fascinating field, at this one-day masterclass.
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