Media Release: Astronomical line-up of speakers to lecture at GSC Planetarium

2012 is a really big year for astronomers with a number of notable events such as the transit of Venus and eclipses taking place.

To mark this special year, GSC has teamed up with Glasgow University’s Department of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) to bring you a series of lectures under the glittering stars of our planetarium.

Each talk lasts approximately one hour with time for discussion and questions afterwards.

On 21st January 2012, join astrophysicist Dr Alexander MacKinnon, to hear about Asteroids and the NASA Dawn mission.

On 4 February, Dr Lyndsay Fletcher will lecture on the Solar Maximum expected in 2013 and answer questions on the phenomena.

On 10 March, Professor Martin Hendry will present a talk on Captain Cook and the cosmic yard stick.

He will look at the hazardous journeys of Cook and his contemporaries, at how they led to knowledge of the size of the solar system, and at global attempts to repeat this discovery in 2012.

On 17 March, Professor John Brown will examine what happens when a comet crashes into the Sun – something that happens much more often than planet collisions.

Tickets cost £10 and include entry in to the Science Mall for the day of the lecture.
For more information and to book tickets visit DACE online or call 0141 330 1835



For further information please contact Rachel MacBeath 0141 420 5010 ext 303 or via

• The planetarium is a 115-seat theatre with a Zeiss Starmaster projector, producing one of the best simulated night skies you will ever see – so realistic that the stars even twinkle!
• Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity whose mission is to promote science through thought provoking, fun and exciting experiences that inspire all to explore and understand the world around them.
• In the academic year 2010-2011 there were 65,500 education admissions to the Centre for inspirational science trips.
• In the same academic year, 24,000 pupils enjoyed the Centre’s outreach programme in their own schools, in locations ranging from Kirkcudbright to Lerwick.

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Contact: Rachel MacBeath
Phone: 0141 420 5011 (303)