Your Universe is an annual festival of astronomy and particle physics at UCL. It is held every year in March and open free of charge to all who are interested.
The 14th Your Universe Festival will take place on 5th, 6th and 7th March 2020. Details will appear here in due course.
The festival is always open to schools, families and the general public. All events are free of charge.
- FREE Public lectures
- Demonstrations and presentations
- Meet scientists and talk about their research
- Try out telescopes and observe the Sun, the Moon and planets (weather permitting)
Your Universe takes place in the Wilkins Building and Main Quad of UCL. See Contact for a map/directions.
EXPERT PANEL PRESENTATION AND AUDIENCE DISCUSSION
This session took place during the 2019 festival in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre.
Moon50: from the Apollo landings to the inspiration, discovery and future exploration and exploitation of our cosmic neighbour
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant achievements
of humankind. What will be the legacy of the Apollo project?
The panelists were:
Moderator: Dr Francisco Diego (UCL)
Dr Louise Alexander (Royal Astronomical Society, Birkbeck) told us about what have the samples returned by the Apollo missions taught us about the Moon and other planetary bodies. Dr Alexander also explained how returning to the Moon to collect more samples could help answer some of the big questions about the history of the Moon, the Earth, the Solar System and even the entire Milky Way Galaxy.
Prof Ian Crawford (UCL, Birkbeck) presented the scientific and societal case for building a base on the Moon. He argued that a Moon base will enable a wide range of lunar exploration activities that may not be possible otherwise. A key analogy is with the Antarctic research stations that support a wide range of scientific activities on that continent. In addition to the scientific benefits of establishing a Moon base, Ian drew attention to a range of economic, political, and cultural benefits of establishing a human presence on the Moon.
Prof Christopher Riley (TV science producer, author) explained how nations from around the world are heading back to the Moon. Christopher Riley explored the events and technological advances which are propelling them there and looks forward to the first private crewed flights which will take the next giant leaps needed to create a permanent human presence on the Lunar surface.