SotF 2011: Royal Observatory

11th and 18th August 18.00 – 19.30 SOLD OUT

Two space themed shows will be taking place in the unique setting of Edinburghs Royal Observatory.

11th August: Where No Man Has Gone Before (Local Universe)

Compere: TBC
Salome Pereira de Matos – Star Death and the Periodic Table
Will Taylor – ELT/Robots for Telescopes
Vinod Arumugam – SKA/LOFAR
Duncan Forgan – Life in the Universe

Headline: Sarah Angliss – Theremin and Robots

18th August: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Compere: TBC

Trevor Back: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxies
Sandy Rogers: Telescopes at Dawn
Emma Curtis-Lake: Reionisation
Christopher Duncan: Gravitational Lensing

Headline: Helen Keen – It’s not exactly Rocket Science

HOW TO GET THERE:

From Edinburgh Airport

Leave the airport and join the A8 heading for Edinburgh. Proceed along this road until you reach the Gogar roundabout. Turn right onto the A720 city bypass southbound. Leave the bypass at Straiton Junction. Follow the signs to Edinburgh South and City Centre (A701). Follow along Howdenhall Road and continue down Liberton Brae. Take a left-hand fork onto Mayfield Road. At the lights, turn left onto West Mains Road and continue until you come to the red sandstone archway at the foot of Observatory Road. Turn left and go to the top of the hill.

From the City Bypass: (by car)

Leave the bypass at Straiton Junction. Follow the signs to Edinburgh South and City Centre (A701). Follow along Howdenhall Road and continue down Liberton Brae. Take a left-hand fork onto Mayfield Road. At the lights, turn left onto West Mains Road and continue until you come to the red sandstone archway at the foot of Observatory Road. Turn left and go to the top of the hill.

From the City Centre: (by bicycle)

The Royal Observatory is a 20 minute cycle from the city centre. It is on a steep hill but many staff, students and visitors do cycle to the site. Bicycle shelters and racks, showers and changing facilities are available to visitors and staff. Please note, however, that the showers and changing facilities are not available to the general public coming to the Visitor Centre because they are located in office buildings.

From Cameron Toll Shopping Centre: (bus + 20 minute walk)

Many buses regularly travel from the City Centre to Cameron Toll Shopping Centre including the 3, 8, 24, 29, 31, 33, 37, 37A, and 42. Alight at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre. Walk west (left) on Lady Road. Cross the Craigmillar junction and continue walking on Esslemont Road. Go straight across to West Mains Road. Continue walking until you come to Observatory Road on your left. Go through the red sandstone archway and continue to the top of the hill.

From Blackford Avenue: (bus + 10 to 15 minute walk)

Take the 24 from Princes Street or the 41 from the Mound (Art Galleries) in Edinburgh’s City Centre and alight at Blackford Station. Walk along the second half of Blackford Avenue (away from the City Centre) until you reach the red sandstone archway at the bottom of Observatory Road. Turn right and climb the hill. Every half hour the 41 continues up the second half of Blackford Avenue to Kings Buildings so you can alight close to the red sandstone arch.

From Glasgow Airport

Leave the airport and travel eastbound on the M8 towards Glasgow, stay on the M8 through Glasgow and proceed along the M8 towards Edinburgh. The M8 terminates at Junction 1, Hermiston Gate. Turn right and join the A720 city bypass southbound. Leave the bypass at Straiton Junction. Follow the signs to Edinburgh South and City Centre (A701). Follow along Howdenhall Road and continue down Liberton Brae. Take a left-hand fork onto Mayfield Road. At the lights, turn left onto West Mains Road and continue until you come to the red sandstone archway at the foot of Observatory Road. Turn left and go to the top of the hill

The Royal Observatory
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Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH9 3HJ
0131 668 8404