Events

Events bannerWill has been giving astronomy lectures to societies and science festivals across the UK for over a decade. In that time his talks have covered a wide variety of celestial subjects, from solar eclipses and space telescopes to astrobiology and the search for planets orbiting distant stars.

On this page you’ll find details of where Will is speaking next as well as information on upcoming book signings. This is also the place to find details of any astronomy trips Will is involved with, including flights to see the Northern Lights.

For brief synopses of the talks Will currently gives and to book him to speak at your event please see the notes here.

Talks & other appearances

2014

Cosmos Star Party 2014Alien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way – Saturday 5 April 2014, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. [More details]

The International Astronomy Show 2014 – Alien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way – Saturday 7 June 2014, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. [More details and ticket purchasing.]

Taunton Wildlife Week – stargazing event – 2am, Sunday 8 June 2014, Somerset Wildlife Trust headquarters, Taunton. [More details]

The 2014 South West Astronomy Fair Alien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way – Saturday 9 August 2014, The Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, Devon. [More details.]

Beckington Astronomical Society – Secrets of Celestial Light – Friday 19 September 2014,  Beckington Baptist Church Hall, Beckington, Somerset, BA11 6TD. [More details]

The North West Astronomy FestivalSecrets of Celestial Light & book signing – Saturday 11 October 2014, The Heath, Runcorn, Cheshire. [More details]

Tour of the Universe – guest appearance & book signing – Monday 20 October 2014, The Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham. [More details]

2015

Cardiff Astronomical SocietySecrets of Celestial Light – 22 January 2015, Cardiff University, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Newport Road, Cardiff. [More details]

Bristol Astronomical SocietySecrets of Celestial Light – 30 January 2015, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR. [More details]

Wells & Mendip Astronomers Stargazing LIVE eventAlien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way – 28th March 2015, Wells Town Hall. [More details]

The 2015 North West Astronomy Festival The Science and Spectacle of the Northern Lights & book signing – Saturday 27th June 2015, The Heath, Runcorn, Cheshire. [More details]

Solarsphere music festivalAlien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way – Saturday 15th August 2015, Penmaenau Farm, Powys, Wales. [More details]

Cambridge Astronomical AssociationAlien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way – Friday 21st August 2015, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. [More details]

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Will is one of the guest astronomers on Omega Holidays’ extremely popular Northern Lights flights, which go in search of the aurora from the air. Below you’ll find details of the upcoming flights he will be on.

For more information on how to book a place on the plane please visit the Omega Holidays website here. You can also view the brochure for the trips here.

Bristol Airport –  8 February 2016

Exeter Airport – 9 February 2016

Book Will to speak at your event

Please note that Will charges a small fee for his talks as well as travel expenses. For details of his fees, and to book him to speak at your event or society, please use the email address given here. Will currently gives the following talks:

The story of astronomy is the story of our fascination with the light that streams from every corner of the cosmos. This ancient radiation holds clues to how the Universe works, what it’s made of and how it was born. In this wide-ranging talk, Will explores the physics of celestial light and how we came to realise that, when it comes to the starry night sky, there’s far more than meets the eye.

Since the discovery of the first handful of planets around other stars, roughly twenty years ago, we’ve come to realise that our Galaxy is probably teeming with billions of other worlds. Some bear a resemblance to planets in our own Solar System, but a great many are far more bizarre and far more intriguing than scientists ever dared to imagine. In this talk, Will examines the incredible story of how astronomers found these alien planets, what we now know about them and what the future may hold for the hunt for a planet just like the Earth.

The Northern Lights have captivated humans for centuries, inspiring countless folklore legends with their shifting, glowing forms and otherworldly behaviour. Yet the story of what actually happens to generate this stunning celestial show is every bit as extraordinary as those great mythic tales. In this talk Will reveals the science behind the magic of the aurora, from the Sun and the violent events that rock its surface to the interplay between our star and the Earth’s magnetic field. He’ll explore the physics of what’s happening in Earth’s upper atmosphere to create this ethereal glow and the colourful, swirling curtains of light as well as show you how you can see them for yourself.