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what is the Moon made of?

Louise Alexander

Wednesday 07 June 2017

join us for an evening exploring the origins of our nearest neighbour in space. Dr Louise Alexander studies the material that makes up the Moon, analysing the composition of lunar meteorites and samples collected during NASA’s Apollo missions. her current research aims to study how the flux of galactic cosmic rays has impacted the lunar surface and has changed with time

unlike the Earth, the Moon possesses an ancient surface with no atmosphere or magnetic field. the record of galactic cosmic rays can therefore be used to help with the reconstruction of the galactic environment throughout the history of the Solar System. the ultimate aim of Louise’s research project is to assess the value of the lunar geological record for galactic astronomy

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

all proceeds from Second Home’s cultural programme go to the Kibera Hamlets school in Nairobi, where Second Home has funded the construction of a new school building designed by architects Selgas Cano


supermassive black holes

Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A illustrate the combined imaging power of two of astronomy's cutting-edge tools, the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and the recently upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico. Some two billion light-years away, the yellowish elliptical galaxy in the centre of the image appears quite ordinary as seen by Hubble in visible wavelengths of light. The galaxy is roughly 1000 times more massive than the Milky Way and harbors a 2.5-billion-solar-mass central black hole that is 1000 times more massive than the black hole in the Milky Way. But the innocuous-looking galaxy, also known as 3C 348, has long been known as the brightest radio-emitting object in the constellation Hercules. Emitting nearly a billion times more power in radio wavelengths than our Sun, the galaxy is one of the brightest extragalactic radio sources in the entire sky. The VLA radio data reveal enormous, optically invisible jets that, at one-and-a-half million light-years wide, dwarf the visible galaxy from which they emerge. The jets are very-high-energy plasma beams, subatomic particles and magnetic fields shot at nearly the speed of light from the vicinity of the black hole. The outer portions of both jets show unusual ring-like structures suggesting a history of multiple outbursts from the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. The innermost parts of the jets are not visible because of the extreme velocity of the material, which causes relativistic effects that beam the light away from us. Far from the galaxy, the jets become unstable and break up into the rings and wisps. The entire radio source is surrounded by a very hot, X-ray-emitting cloud of gas, not seen in this optical-radio composite. Hubble's view of the field also shows a companion elliptical galaxy very close to the centre of the optical-radio source

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Dr. Meghan Gray is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. Her research makes use of telescopes around the world and in space to understand the largest structures in the Universe. At the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, the motions of stars reveal the existence of a supermassive black hole over a million times the mass of our Sun.

Far from being a rare oddity, we now believe such extreme objects lurk at the heart of all galaxies, and in fact play an important role in the formation and evolution of their hosts. In this talk, Meghan will explore our understanding of the physics behind such black holes, and how – far from being ‘black’ – in the right circumstances they can be some of the most luminous objects in the Universe.

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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L’Indifférence Des Etoiles

L'Indifférence Des Etoiles

88 pages / 26 × 19 cm / hardback
41 photographs / full colour offset
first edition of 500

L’Indifférence Des Etoiles (The Indifference of the Stars) is French photographer Julien Mauve’s first book. filled with juxtaposed images of deep space and our world, it is about the quest for meaning and the difficulty to live with the knowledge that we exist. somehow, the stars become a shelter for the mind and help us bear the briefness of human life

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to dream of space

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Wednesday 5 April 2017

Dr Niamh Shaw is an engineer, scientist and performer who merges theatrical performance and art with engineering and technology to tell the human story behind science. at this unique event Niamh will present her personal archive of diaries and letters, collected over a five year journey in which she tried to activate her dream of going to space. as part of our ongoing ‘Women In Space’ series at Second Home, she will blend public lecture with live theatre to convey her experience of investigating and preparing for space, interviewing astronauts and others involved in the space industry to better understand what is involved in leaving the planet

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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dark side of the moon

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1 March 2017

due to tidal locking, the far side of the Moon was not seen until 1959 when the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 transmitted photographs of this unfamiliar landscape back to Earth

join us to hear from astronomer Paul Hill about this once-mysterious place, how the tides on Earth and the movement of the Moon are intrinsically connected and more

what is the Moon and where did it come from? how has the Moon affected life on Earth and how has it influenced our own human evolution and culture? is the Moon crucial for life on our planet or could we survive without it?

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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SUPER/COLLIDER X BOOK B

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to mark the Hong Kong launch of our retrospective book, super/collider presented a two week pop-up shop at Book B, located inside the new mixed use space common room & co. in Hong Kong

following on from this, our books have been now been added to the shop’s permanent selection, and we have more in the pipeline. next time you’re in Sham Shui Po, stop by to browse a selection of publications at the intersection of art and science…

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Planetoid Life by Seana Gavin

PlanetoidLife

34x34cm glicée print
limited edition of 50

our collaborative collage series with artist Seana Gavin is inspired by our mutual love of vintage science books, world encyclopaedias and other educational treasures. combing the super/collider library for inspiration, Gavin’s meticulous hand-made collages reposition and reinvent Earth and space-based objects as new forms in surreal, otherworldly landscapes – strange realms devoid of a fixed time and place

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Time Traveller by Seana Gavin

TimeTraveller

34x34cm glicée print
limited edition of 50

our collaborative collage series with artist Seana Gavin is inspired by our mutual love of vintage science books, world encyclopaedias and other educational treasures. combing the super/collider library for inspiration, Gavin’s meticulous hand-made collages reposition and reinvent Earth and space-based objects as new forms in surreal, otherworldly landscapes – strange realms devoid of a fixed time and place

full series here

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Liberty Sunset by Seana Gavin

LibertySunset

34x34cm glicée print
limited edition of 50

our collaborative collage series with artist Seana Gavin is inspired by our mutual love of vintage science books, world encyclopaedias and other educational treasures. combing the super/collider library for inspiration, Gavin’s meticulous hand-made collages reposition and reinvent Earth and space-based objects as new forms in surreal, otherworldly landscapes – strange realms devoid of a fixed time and place

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art and sci-fi in the Atacama

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in one of the highest, driest and most remote landscapes on the planet, astronomers have constructed a series of megalithic devices to peer deep into space. these complex, futuristic artefacts and the strange landscape that surrounds them are what drew French artist Caroline Corbasson to the Atacama, where she’s currently shooting a new short film. you can read more about the project in our latest article for Amuse and check out our Instagram for a series of exclusive location scouting photos like this one

 


ten

104-page retrospective book (2006-2016)
first edition of 1000
170mm x 240mm
printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified paper made from 100% post-consumer waste

in 2006 we published our first fanzine and began a journey into science and culture. from the depths of interstellar space to the limitless subatomic horizons of particle physics to the most beautiful places on our planet, we’ve been privileged to spend the past decade exploring the wonders and aesthetics of science from a creative standpoint

full of short stories and facts, ten is more than just a retrospective of our work. it’s a visual record of where science has taken us all in the last decade – told through 100 beautiful images from the worlds of astronomy, chemistry, mineralogy, physics, ecology, biology… and beyond

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the in sound from way out

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researchers at Queen Mary University in London are inviting filmmakers and creatives to experiment with sounds from space, as part of a new competition launched today. to find out more about these cosmic noises, we caught up with project lead Dr Martin Archer…

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the edge of the sky

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24 January 2017

to start our new season of talks at Second Home, we’ll be joined by theoretical cosmologist Roberto Trotta, whose book The Edge of the Sky explains the Universe using just 1000 simple words. from the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, Trotta will tell us the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology in a way anyone can understand

7-9pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
free for Second Home members / £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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ring world

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open up Google Maps and scroll over to Canada – then zoom in and take a look to the right of the ‘Québec’ label. notice something weird? a massive, circular lake? that’s an impact crater from a 5km wide comet or asteroid that hit the area over 200 million years ago, making it the oldest known and largest visible impact crater on Earth

in our new column for AnOther, we look at Manicouagan Crater and other (potentially related) impact sites across the planet


Liliane Lijn in conversation with Johanna Kieniewicz

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6 December 2016

in this talk, artist Liliane Lijn will share her experiences exploring light since the 1960s. beyond discussing her artistic practice, Liliane will talk about her influences and historical understandings of light from the past millennia, drawing on her readings in Tibetan Buddhism as well as her interest in physics and astronomy

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
tickets are free for Second Home members and £3 for non-members – please RSVP here

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is our universe a hologram?

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Tuesday 20 September 2016

join Dr. Andrew O’Bannon on a journey to the cutting edge of theoretical physics. holography is the bold idea that all the information in our 3D universe may be contained in a mysterious 2D image, like a hologram. promising not only to unite Einstein’s relativity with quantum physics, it also has the potential to provide us with cleaner energy, faster computers, and novel electronics

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 | book here

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heads up

Perseids

the annual Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, and this year could see more shooting stars in the sky than usual. we asked Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Marek Kukula for the low down

“like the weather, all meteor showers are a bit unpredictable by nature,” he told us, “but the annual Perseid Shower in August is normally one of the most reliable in terms of putting on a good show. it’s caused by a stream of dust particles left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle that the Earth ploughs through every August, causing them to burn up high in the atmosphere. normally we just clip the edge of the dust stream but this year we should pass through a denser section – leading to predictions of a more spectacular display than usual. as always, predictions like this need to be taken with a pinch of salt. for a start, the Moon will be up in the evenings this week and its light tends to drown out the fainter meteors. but, even so, if you look up for 15 or 20 minutes on the nights around August 12th you should have a good chance of seeing some bright meteors streaking across the sky – always an amazing sight”


rooftop astronomy at Ace Hotel

with the skies getting darker earlier, our ever-popular astronomy nights are back high atop the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. come take a close up look at the planets, the lunar surface and other wonders through the hotel’s in-house 203mm Dobsonian telescope, customised by super/collider

the season kicked off on August 9th with a session featuring the Moon, Mars and Saturn overhead. the evening featured astronomer Jeni Millard, art installations from Isobel Church and Dario Villanueva and a talk by Louise Alexander, a planetary scientist from the University of Birkbeck

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darkness

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as the nights draw in, join super/collider and guests for a season exploring the dark side…

Wednesday 3 August 2016

join Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Marek Kukula and curator Melanie Vandenbrouck at Second Home to explore the role of darkness in art and science. blackness can reveal as well as conceal: today’s astronomers seek out the darkest sites on Earth in order to see further into the universe, while the Hubble Space Telescope’s 10-day stare into the darkness in 1995 produced the dazzling vista of the Hubble Deep Field

from art to astronomy and beyond, Marek and Melanie will trace the changing face of darkness from its traditional use as a symbol of the mysterious and unknown to the modern day quest for ultimate darkness in the form of Surrey NanoSystems’s ultra-dark Vantablack coating

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now

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at the edge of uncertainty

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Wednesday 6 July 2016

quantum physicist Dr Michael Brooks is an author, broadcaster and journalist who has spent much of his career looking beyond the boundaries of our scientific understanding. join us at Second Home for an insightful exploration into subjects that still challenge our understanding of the universe. Dr Brooks will touch on topics such as the nature of time and consciousness and offer us his thoughts on what the future of knowledge will look like

7.30-9.30pm
Second Home
68 Hanbury Street / London / E1 5JL
£5 / book now


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