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Astronomy Lecture Series



About the Lecture Series

Gresham College are hosting an astronomy lecture series from September 2023 - May 2024.


The lecture series tells the story of our cosmos through 6 discoveries and takes us to the forefront of modern astronomy. All lectures will be hosting by Professor Chris Lintott from the University of Oxford.


Pulsars, Microwave Ovens and the Radio Sky

Wednesday 21st February 2024, 18:00 BST

Professor Chris Lintott will discuss Jocelyn Bell Burnell's discovering of pulsars, explore how a microwave oven confused astronomers, reveal the latest research on Fast Radio Bursts, and share the mysterious events that have been detected in galaxies.


Is it Aliens? The Most Unusual Star In The Galaxy

Wednesday 10th April 2024, 18:00 BST

Professor Chris Lintott will discuss explanations for the behaviour of the Boyajian star and explore how modern astronomy uncovers unusual objects in the Universe.


First Light: Revealing the Early Universe

Wednesday 29th May 2024, 18:00 BST

Professor Chris Lintott will discuss how insights into the universe are formed from observations. He will also explore how measurements of the universes expansion are leading to unexpected results.


Previous Lectures in this series

Island Universes: Discovering Galaxies Beyond the Milky Way

Wednesday 13th September 2023, 18:00 BST

Professor Chris Lintott will discuss new telescopes and new ways of observing the cosmos, as well as explore how observations have helped us understand how galaxies, like our own, developed and evolved.


The Marvels of the Solar System

Wednesday 25th October 2023, 18:00 BST

Professor Chris Lintott will discuss how our exploration of the Solar System have uncovered remarkable discoveries such as frozen deserts of Mars, hellish surface of Venus, and hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's largest moon.


'Oumuamua': Our first interstellar visitor

Wednesday 24th January 2024, 18:00 BST

Professor Chris Lintott will discuss the likelihood of discovering unusual objects in the Solar System, and our preparation for if asteroids threaten Earth.




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