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This year’s lecture, entitled 'Is the Milky Way Special?' is to be given by Professor Chris Lintott, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford
We are on the verge of finally getting to know our celestial neighbourhood. With new missions mapping our surroundings in unprecedented detail, this is an excellent time to ask whether there’s anything notable about our home galaxy. In this talk, Chris Lintott will draw on cutting-edge research and results from his own Galaxy Zoo project to compare the Milky Way to the other galaxies which surround us, and ask whether we’re living in a special time in its history. The talk will also include at least one picture of penguins, and explain how astronomers need your help to explore the Universe.
The lecture will be followed by drinks and dinner at Churchill College. Fellows and Alumni can use their High Table dining rights provided they are still within their allowance – but any non-alumni or guests wishing to attend the dinner can book and pay for a guest place at High Table using the form below.
Chris Lintott is a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. He is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience and is the primary presenter of the BBC series The Sky at Night, having previously been co-presenter with Sir Patrick Moore until Moore's death in 2012. Chris is the co-founder, along with Kevin Schawinski, of Galaxy Zoo, an online crowdsourcing project where members of the public can volunteer their time to assist in classifying over a million galaxies.
Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry
A limited number of undergraduate ensuite rooms are available for the night of Friday 22 March. Alumni can book accommodation online directly using the promotional code KX46366 to obtain discount rates.
Senior College members with accommodation rights can book their room via the Accommodation Office as usual.
Alex Hopkins was a student and Teaching Fellow in Chemistry at Churchill College who died tragically young in 2006. Each year, the Alex Hopkins Memorial Fund supports the award of one or more prizes for outstanding overall achievement in the final Tripos examination in Chemistry as well as sponsoring an annual lecture to be held in the Department of Chemistry.
Alex’s infectious enthusiasm and humour characterised his teaching and his exceptional ability to communicate his passion for science. The lectures, although focused on science, aim to be as much about entertaining as educating and are designed to be appealing and accessible to all.
Those wishing to attend the lecture need to reserve a place via the booking form below.