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Astrophysics Research Centre

School of Mathematics and Physics

Queen's Astronomy Day

Come and join the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, in conjunction with NI SciFest 2020, for a day of astronomy and space related activities between 11am and 4pm on February 22, 2020 in the Lanyon Building.

There will be a wide variety of indoor activities for all ages throughout the day, including hands-on activities, an ask-an-astronomer station, a demonstration of the Northern Lights using the Queen’s University Planeterella, and short talks by Queen’s astronomers.

Weather permitting, there will be small Solar telescopes outside the Lanyon Building showing visitors any sunspots, prominences and other features visible on the Sun that day. WARNING: NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT SPECIAL EYE PROTECTION.

No matter the weather, there will be lots to see and do! This is a free drop-in event. No prior registration is required. Please turn up and learn about space!

Talk schedule

Throughout the day we have a range of 15-20 minute talks by Queen's astronomers.

Start time Topic Speaker
11:30 How useful is Astronomy Dr. Sam Grant
12:00 Supernova in the Milky Way Michael Fulton
12:30 Finding planets around distant stars Dr. Ernst de Mooij
13:00 Finding your way around the night sky with a planisphere Dr. Ernst de Mooij
13:30 Blowing up a planet with lasers: A how-to guide Owen McBrien
14:30 Solar Eclipses - Astrophysics Tourism Dr. Ryan Milligan
15:30 AIDA: Where Activism Meets Asteroids Dominik Kiersz

Also check out our evening event, an Evening Of Astronomy At Queen's: Astronomy Question & Time Star Watch. Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7:00pm

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