Prof Colin Cunningham (UK Extremely Large Telescope Programme Director), who will give a talk entitled:
"Building the world's biggest optical and infrared telescope: the European Extremely Large Telescope".
The lectures are free and open to all, and would be suitable e.g. for secondary physics pupils at all levels. There is no need to book, but please come early to avoid disappointment.
More details of Colin's lecture, and directions to the Kelvin Building, can be found on the lecture series website at www.tinyurl.com/glasgow-iop/ There you will also find details of the other talks in the inaugural series, which will run from March to June 2014.
The European Southern Observatory will soon blast the top of a mountain off in the Atacama desert, to start construction of a optical and infrared telescope five times bigger than any existing today. The primary mirror will be made from 798 mirrors and be 39m in diameter, and be controlled to nanometre accuracy. I will describe the engineering challenges of this giant telescope, and give a preview of some of the exciting astronomy discoveries that may result, from the first galaxies to earth-like planets.