Will has been giving astronomy lectures to societies and science festivals across the UK for over fifteen years. 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
Wycombe Astronomical Society – The Science and Spectacle of the Northern Lights – 18 May 2016. [More details]
Solarsphere music festival 2016 – The Science and Spectacle of the Northern Lights – 13 August 2016, Penmaenau Farm, Builth Wells, Wales. [More details]
Skellig Star Party 2016 – The Science and Spectacle of the Northern Lights – 26-28 August 2016, Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, Ireland. [More details]
Bromsgrove Astronomical Society – The Science and Spectacle of the Northern Lights – 21 November 2016. [More details]
For an archive of Will’s talks and other appearances in recent years please see this page.
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.
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:
Secrets of celestial light
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.
Alien worlds: the extraordinary inhabitants of the Milky Way
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 science and spectacle of the Northern Lights
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.
Visitors from the past: the story of comets – from deep freeze to Philae
NEW TALK: in development.