Royal Institution Public Talk - Can you blow up the Sun?

Royal Institution Public Talk - Can you blow up the Sun?

Wednesday 17th July 2024 from 18:00pm to 19:15pm

The Royal Institution
21 Albermarle Street, London, London, W1S 4BS

Could you crash the moon in to the Earth? If the sun explodes, will we get vaporised? What is the weather like on Mercury?

Join Matt Bothwell to explore the solar system, galaxies, the universe, and, most importantly, the answer to the question “which planet is entirely populated by robots?”

Discover the answers to all of these questions and many more at the supervillain academy: the magnificently morbid school for young bad guys-in-training.

Copies of Matt’s latest book ‘Astrophysics for Supervillains’ are available to purchase after the talk.

This event is particularly suitable for those aged 10+

Join us and see if you can be part of the supervillain academy for astrophysics. Please use your knowledge responsibly.

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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.



Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at The Royal Institution. View these events on our calendar, add them to your calendar or Google Calendar.

  • Royal Institution Public Talk – Dark Energy: Einstein’s biggest “blunder”?

    Monday 24th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

    The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

    More info
  • Royal Institution Public Talk – Galileo’s gaze: The secrets of cosmic discovery

    Saturday 6th July 2024 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

    The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

    More info
  • Royal Institution Public Talk – Can you blow up the Sun?

    Wednesday 17th July 2024 from 18:00pm to 19:15pm

    The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

    More info

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