Astronomy in the City season starts again!

We are delighted to announce the 2017/2018 Astronomy in the City season! Here are the dates; get them in your diary now.

Our first event will be 18 October and will include a talk on the latest (NOBEL PRIZE WINNING!) gravitational-wave discoveries from our LIGO team. Tickets are now available from

Astronomy in the City is a series of free all-ticket public events, each packed with astrophysics; stargazing, and tea and biscuits. Evenings begin with talks covering astronomical highlights and recent research, and a question-and-answer session (for everything from beginner’s questions about the night sky to the latest work done here in Birmingham). Afterwards, (if the weather cooperates) we have observing with telescopes on campus, and a lucky few will be taken out to the University’s Observatory.

Events are planned for

  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Wednesday 22 November 2017
  • Wednesday 24 January 2018
  • Wednesday 8 March 2018

The first talk begins at 6:00 pm, in the Large Lecture Theatre of the Poynting Physics Building on the University’s Edgbaston campus. Please arrive by 5:55 pm to be entered into the ballot for trips to the Observatory.

More details are on our website. We look forward to seeing old faces and new soon!


Sean McGee
University of Birmingham Observatory Director
on behalf of the The Astronomy in the City Team

Astronomy in the City is a partnership between the University of Birmingham Observatory, AstroSoc, Solihull School, and the Friends and Alumni of the University of Birmingham.