SDSO 5th Annual Christmas Lecture – Presented by Professor Martin Hendry

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Date(s) - 08/12/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory


Einstein Goes To Hollywood:

The Science And Science Fiction Of Relativity.

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity describes gravity as a curving of space and time. This mind-bending idea now underpins some of the very latest cutting-edge science and technology – from GPS satellites to gravitational waves – yet sounds as if it belongs in the realms of science fiction.

Join University of Glasgow astronomer, Professor Martin Hendry, for a journey through Einstein’s Universe as portrayed on the silver screen, and what his theories of spacetime might hold in store for future science and technology.

Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, who in 2016 announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes more than one billion light years from the Earth. He is a passionate enthusiast for communicating science to schools and the public and in 2015 he was awarded the MBE for his services to public understanding of science.  Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Christmas Lecture will be followed by a stargazing session (weather permitting). 

We politely request that you get into the spirit of the season and join us wearing your favorite Christmas jumper.   If you don’t have one we encourage you to borrow or buy one. 

Lecture begins at 7.30pm – please aim to arrive by 7.20pm

Tickets are priced at:

Adults £16.00

Seniors (aged 65+) and Student (with valid ID) £12.00

Children £12.00 

  • Use of the telescopes for viewing the night sky after the Lecture will only be possible if we have clear skies.
  • Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.  If we are experiencing snowy conditions on the night the Lecture venue may be changed to nearby Craigengillan House.  If this is change is necessary we will contact you by e-mail and phone on the day to let you know (and will provide alternative driving directions), so please check for any messages (including in your junkmail folder) before you begin your journey. 
  • Visit includes Christmas Lecture, presentation, guided stargazing and telescope tour.  If you’re very good you might get hot chocolate and a mince pie, too. 

Please note, all ticket sales are non-refundable.  A minimum of 48 hours notice is required (by e-mail) if you wish to reschedule your booking to another date.



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