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Astronomy is a wide and varied subject. You can study distant bodies such as stars, planets and moons or look at how the universe began, evolves and will eventually end. History is punctuated with major astronomical discoveries and explorations.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the first ever images of a black hole. This talk will introduce two exotic artifacts in the universe, extra-galactic jets from active galaxies and strong gravitational lenses. It will discuss radio astronomy and how through the use of multiple telescopes it has allowed us for the first time to take images of that which cannot be seen by usual means.

These iconic images of M87 link together all these different, complex and bizarre objects. This has allowed us to confirm our theories and improve our understanding of black holes; opening up possibilities for future discoveries.

Join us for this Amazing Ada talk by Bonny Barkus from The Open University.

Just one in a series of talks we are putting on to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day (8th October) and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

3rd October 7:30-8:30pm, £3 per person

Purchase online or pay in cash at the Museum Welcome Desk

Low cost ticket price as all Amazing Ada speakers are Amazing Volunteers!

If you have any questions please contact us:


Tel: 01462 474554

North Hertfordshire Museum

Brand Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JE

01462 474554


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