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Lovell Lecture - Planetary nebulae: reflections of the dying Sun

03 Sep 2014

Professor Albert Zijlstra, Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, will give this annual leacture on Thursday, 18 September 2014 (7.30pm to 9pm) at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Professor Albert Zijlstra

The Sun will not live forever. Several billion years from now, it will expand into a red giant, engulfing Mercury and Venus, before ejecting much of its own material in a catastrophic wind. The ejecta will create a planetary nebula: a beautiful shell of gas. Several thousand planetary nebulae are known in the Galaxy.

They show a wide range of structures:  some are round, but the majority are elliptical, butterfly, bipolar or even quadrupolar, or just irregular. How these structures form is not well understood. This talk will explore the diversity of planetary nebulae and investigate what they can tell us about how the Sun will die.


Tickets cost £8.00 Adult and £6.00 Concession and can be booked as follows:

Pre-event dining

Our award winning cafe will be serving delicious pre-lecture dinners. Take a look at our exclusive menu and indulge in an evening treat. Sittings are at 6.00pm, 6.15pm 6.30pm and 6.45pm.

To book, call:

  • 0161 306 9591

The cafe will be open for light refreshments to non-diners.

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