The invisible Universe

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 15 November

Theatre / Online

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • The star-forming region W43 observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is so obscured by intersellar dust, it is invisible to optical telescopes

    Credit: NASA/JPL

Price

Theatre audience: £16/£10/£7 Members / Livestream audience: pay what you can

Event description

Since the dawn of our species, people all over the world have gazed in awe at the night sky. But we can only see a tiny fraction of the Universe.

Join Matthew Bothwell  as he asks, what the cosmos has in store for us beyond the phenomena we can see, from black holes to supernovas? How different does the invisible Universe look from the home we thought we knew?

Copies of Matthew's book 'The Invisible Universe' are available from Amazon and all good bookshops.

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Event type

This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience in our theatre are joined by an online audience.

Tickets to attend in person or to watch the livestream are both available from this page.

At the moment we are encouraging all of our guests and staff to continue wearing a face covering if they are able to, and to maintain a social distance wherever possible. However, the decision is now at your discretion.

Thank you for being respectful of individual choices and for being considerate of everyone’s comfort and safety.

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These online events are free for everyone to access. However, donations are an extremely important source of support for us and we would be most grateful if you are able to contribute. We are a small, independent charity and receive no government funding.  Our income from ticket sales and venue hire has been significantly reduced and will continue to fall. Donations, alongside our membership subscriptions are vital to our development and survival.

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About the speaker

Matthew Bothwell is an astronomer and science communicator based at the Institute of Astronomy and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

Matthew recieved his PhD from the University of Cambridge, working with Prof. Rob Kennicutt and Dr. Scott Chapman. Before taking up science communication, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, and the Astrophysics group at the University of Cambridge.

Timing

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

The Royal Institution is part of the Amazon Affiliate Programme and book links on this page are affiliate links, which means it won't cost you any extra but we may earn a small commission if you decide to purchase through the link. All proceeds help support the charitable work of the Ri. Affiliate disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate The Royal Institution earns from qualifying purchases.

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