Cosmology Night at Ernest

Cosmology Night at Ernest

Wednesday 25th October 2023 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Ernest Cafe Bar
1 Boyd Street, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE2 1AP

Enjoy an evening of astronomy and cosmology at Ernest Cafe and Bar with two beginner-friendly talks by esteemed local astronomers.

JUMBOs in Orion and Hubble Tensions by Dr Fred Stevenson

Virtually every day that passes there are new astounding discoveries made by the James Webb Space Telescope – it continues to revolutionise many branches of astronomy and cosmology.

In the first talk Dr Fred will talk about recent observations of the Great Nebula in Orion where many strange and unexpected Jupiter Mass Planetary Objects have been discovered – these may have much to tell us about star and planet formation. Farther afield the telescope has recently confirmed the Hubble Telescopes measure of the expansion rate of the universe – sounds positive, however this is in disagreement with other measures and has only increased the level of ‘Hubble Tension’ in the community – we will assess what this may mean for the future of cosmology.

Space telescopes, exoplanets, and Extraterrestrial Life by Professor Wallace Arthur

In the second talk Professor Wallace will talk about recent research pertaining to exoplanets and the possibility of ‘life elsewhere’ – Where are we most likely to discover extraterrestrial life? Answer: on exoplanets. What technology is best equipped for examining exoplanets? Answer: space telescopes. Tonight we’ll look at the connections between these two things.

Doors open at 7pm. £4 on the door

Please note that this has already taken place on 25/10/2023

Event booking

No booking is required, simply turn up on the night!

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.



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