The dynamic cosmos
Across our human lifetimes the night sky can often feel like something of a constant. Familiar stars come and go with the seasons, but their arrangement within the vast tableau of the firmament never varies. Nebulae appear today just as they were decades ago and the galaxies that we marvel at through our telescopes seem frozen within a static, obsidian, void. Yet the heavens are anything but still. We live in a whirl of celestial activity alive with the movement of billions of stars and swirling gas clouds, while all throughout the Universe countless different inhabitants perform varied and complex gravitational dances. In this talk Will Gater explores the remarkable story of this cosmic drama and delves into the thrilling new revolution that has both amateur and professional astronomers working together to monitor and understand our dynamic skies.
About Will Gater
Will Gater is an astronomer, journalist and science presenter whose writing has appeared in New Scientist, BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Focus and Astronomy Now, among others. He is the author of several popular astronomy books and regularly appears on television and radio to talk about space. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Association of British Science Writers and has a degree in astrophysics from University College London. When not looking at the stars, Will spends his spare time walking on the hills of Dartmoor and Somerset and fossil hunting on Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast. To find out more about Will visit willgater.com and willgaterastrophotography.com and follow him on Twitter at @willgater.