Public events

Wednesday - Astronomy on Tap

Join us for our very first Astronomy on Tap event in Liverpool, as part of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2018 (EWASS 2018).

This FREE event features three 10 minute talks from international scientists working at the cutting edge of Astrophysics, Space Science and Engineering. Each talk promises to be accessible and engaging, and assumes no prior scientific knowledge. Our speakers will cover topics ranging from current and future space telescopes, gravitational waves and Galaxy Zoo. In between talks, we will have fun games to test your knowledge, with cool space-themed goodies up for grabs! There will be lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably tag along for the beer. So come along to Astronomy on Tap Liverpool, grab a pint, and join our Universe!

Date: Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Time: 19:00-22:00
Place:The Shipping Forecast, 15 Slater Street, Liverpool, L1 4BW

Becky Smethurst, Galaxy Zoo
Stephen Wilkins, Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope
Paul McNamara, LISA Pathfinder and Gravitational Waves

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
   The age requirements for the Shipping Forecast is 18+, if you are fortunate enough to look under 25 you made be asked to show ID.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
   Any questions about this event can be answered by tweeting @ewass2018 or emailing edi.aot @

To register for FREE tickets and for more information see dedicated external page.

Friday - Public lecture

Giovanna Tinetti (University College London, UK)
Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy
The Earth is special to us - it's our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. There are probably a thousand billion planets in our galaxy alone. In about twenty years, over 3500 "exoplanets" have been discovered in distant solar systems. There are planets completing a revolution around their mother star in less than one day, as well as planets orbiting two or even three stars or moving on trajectories so eccentric as to resemble comets. Some of them are freezing cold, some are so hot that their surface is molten. But beyond that our knowledge falters: What are they made of? How did they form? What's the weather like there? Are they habitable? Finding out why these new worlds are as they are, and what the Earth's place is in our galaxy and - ultimately - in the Universe, are two of the key challenges of modern astrophysics.

Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Time: 18:30 (doors opening 18:15)
Place:Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG

Saturday - Merseyside Astronomy Day (SOLD OUT)

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018
Place:World Museum Liverpool
See dedicated external page.