summer solstice party
12:00 PM12:00

summer solstice party

join us for an afternoon of solar-themed activities on the roof of the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. learn about the Sun with astrophysicist Lucie Green and view our nearest star through the Ace Hotel in-house 204mm Dobsonian telescope, customised by super/collider, and also with Paul Hill's specialised solar telescope. we'll also be running a drop-in cyanotype workshop and curating art installations throughout the space

free but please RSVP here

Professor Lucie Green
Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? What is light and heat? How does the Sun produce them and how on earth did scientists discover this? In her talk, Lucie will discuss how the Sun works (including what it sounds like), the latest research in solar physics and how a solar storm could threaten everything we know

Lucie Green is the Royal Society University Research Fellow and part of the UCL Space and Climate Physics Department. She is the author of 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun and Chief Stargazer at the Society for Popular Astronomy, co-Chair of Astrofest, Chair of Governors at the UCL Academy and a member of the Advisory Board for the Science Museum

Paul Hill
Paul is an elected fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, co-presenter and writer of the popular Awesome Astronomy podcast, committee member of the world famous Baker Street Irregular Astronomers and has appeared on BBC News and Radio to discuss a range of astronomy and space issues as well as being interviewed on The BBC’s flagship astronomy program, The Sky At Night. He is also part of the team that runs the bi-annual, family friendly AstroCamp in the Brecon Beacons

image: the megalithic temple complex at Mnajdra combined with illustrations by Neasden Control Centre

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the cosmic sublime
8:00 PM20:00

the cosmic sublime

join us at The Collective Old Oak to explore the depths of the universe, learn about space telescopes and hear the stories behind astronomical photographs like Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field and the Pale Blue Dot, as popularised by Carl Sagan. how are these photographs created, and how do they help us to reflect upon our own existence?

Marek Kukula is Public Astronomer at Royal Museums Greenwich, home of the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House art gallery. in 2015 he co-curated the exhibition dark frame/deep field at Breese Little Gallery in London to coincide with the New Horizons probe’s fly-by of Pluto. the exhibition showcased a number of works by contemporary artists alongside vintage NASA photographs, highlighting our ongoing desire to explore and map the cosmos

The Collective Old Oak
Old Oak Lane
NW10 6FF

FREE but RSVP required

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