4th Annual Christmas Lecture

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Date(s) - 09/12/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Visit the observatory for the 4th annual Christmas Lecture.
Professor Martin Hendry will give a talk titled:
“How Many Hands Made Light – and Gravity – Work:
the Dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy”

Both gravitational and electromagnetic waves from a single astrophysical source were detected for the very first time August 2017, in the most complex & coordinated global astronomical observing campaign ever undertaken. The gravitational-wave source, detected by Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo, was the first ever detected merger of two neutron stars – and the combination of gravitational-wave and electromagnetic observations have solved a host of cosmic mysteries, from the long-suspected link between neutron star collisions, short gamma ray bursts and so-called “kilonovae” explosions to the origins of most of the heavy elements in the universe. In this review Martin Hendry will tell the story of this Golden Binary, how we discovered it and how its observation marks the dawn of an exciting new era of multi-messenger astronomy.

Hot chocolate and mince pies will be included for visitors and, if the skies are clear, we’ll be viewing the winter night sky too.

The event will start at 7pm. Tickets are priced at: Adults £16.00 and Concessions £12.00

  • Use of the telescopes for viewing the night sky is only possible when we have clear skies.
  • Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
  • Visit includes introductory presentation, stargazing guide and telescope tour.

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.



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