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Talk, Wed 28 Nov 2018, free entry

The Bolton Lecture in Astrophysics 2018

The Bolton Lecture in Astrophysics 2018


The formation of stars: a journey through cosmic time.

Everything you see around you contains atoms that used to be in stars. But how did these stars form? And how does star formation set the stage for the world we see around us?

The Universe seems to have one goal in mind: to turn vast, fluffy clouds of gas into stars. Along the way this process results in the huge discs in which interstellar rubble is turned into planets. Perhaps such discs provide environments for the formation of complex life. Throughout cosmic time, however, star formation has taken quite different routes. From the strange, enigmatic ‘first stars’ that formed nearly 15 billion years ago, to their populous descendants that we see in our night sky, we will take a tour of the stellar nurseries that shaped our Universe.

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Dates Times
Wed 28 Nov 2018 17:30 to 18:30


Free entry

Free and open to the public.


The School of Physics and Astronomy


Woodhouse Lane,



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  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality