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Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Lit and Sci

New Ways of Exploring the Universe

Speaker: Professor Tim O'Brien

Sat 18 March 2023
7.30pm (bar from 6.30pm)
Hebden Bridge Town Hall
£8 - tickets from Town Hall, (weekdays. cash/chq only) or online at Ticket Source

Multi-messenger astrophysics – New Ways of Exploring the Universe

Modern telescopes reveal a hidden universe of black holes, exploding stars and distant galaxies.

This talk will showcase some of the most spectacular astronomical images and discoveries of recent times using ingenious telescopes around the world and in space.

Tim is a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Manchester and an Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.

He is an engaging speaker, writer, broadcaster, researcher and teacher. One of his current projects is the bluedot festival – a celebration of music, science, technology and the arts – of which he was a co-founder and to which he contributes regularly.

In addition, he is active in celebrating the heritage of Jodrell Bank including the construction of a major new gallery (part of the First Light project). He was a co-author with Teresa Anderson of the proposal leading to Jodrell Bank Observatory being designated a World Heritage Site in 2019.

His research is primarily in the area of novae (thermonuclear explosions on white dwarf stars in binary star systems) and includes both theoretical work and observations using telescopes around the world and in space working across the electromagnetic spectrum.

You may have seen him before on BBC 2's Stargazing Live or heard him on Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage. Much in demand as a speaker, he is very pleased to come to Hebden Bridge as it is almost home from home. He was born in in Littleborough, went to school in Rochdale and now teaches in Manchester.

Away from work, and while not studying white dwarf stars, he enjoys watching Manchester United and working in his garden in the Peak District.

Please come and make this journey into outer space with us.

Tickets are £8, available from Ticket Source and Hebden Bridge Town Hall (Mon-Fri, 9.30-3.30, cash/chq only)

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