Giant ancient stone monuments that are linked to astronomy can not only be found in the UK but across many parts of mainland Europe. But are they really astronomical observatories and how can they tell us more about the oldest science: Astronomy?
The event will start at 8 pm with Dr F Silva (University College London) presenting his talk titled Red Star and Snowy Mountain: how astronomy can help us understand the past. In this talk he will look at prehistoric megalithic structures in Northwest Iberia that were purposefully aligned with Aldebaran and discuss what this can tell us about the celestial beliefs and practices of Neolithic Iberians. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.
The event is free, but please book your ticket on the website:
The event will start at 8 pm with the talk Red Star and Snowy Mountain: how astronomy can help us understand the past in CELS. Refreshments will be offered before hand in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the autumn sky with the observatory’s telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.
Parking is available only for booked visitors in the South Gate car park. Booked visitors will receive a code that will allow entrance. Exiting the car park does not require any code.
Booking is required for this event.