On this page you’ll find details of where Will is appearing next including information on his upcoming public talks and live shows, as well as trips he is involved with.
For more information about Will’s live theatre show, The Story of the Solar System, please see the dedicated show page.
If you’d like to book Will to speak at your event please get in touch using the details on the contact page.
To see where Will has been speaking and appearing at in recent years please see this page.
The 2018 North West Astronomy Festival – Dynamic Skies – the story of our changing Cosmos & a new revolution in astronomy (public talk) – 7 July 2018. [More details]
Solarsphere music festival – Dynamic Skies – the story of our changing Cosmos & a new revolution in astronomy (public talk) – 11 August 2018. [More details]
Dark Sky Destinations ‘Introduction to nightscape astrophotography’ course – The Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford, Exmoor National Park – 8 September 2018. [Booking essential – more details]
Flamsteed Astronomical Society – Dynamic Skies – the story of our changing Cosmos & a new revolution in astronomy (public talk) – National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London – 10 December 2018. [More details]
Plymouth Astronomical Society – Dynamic Skies – the story of our changing Cosmos & a new revolution in astronomy (public talk) – 11 January 2019. [More details]
Will has been giving astronomy talks to societies, travel groups, star parties and even music festivals across the UK and Europe for over fifteen years. In that time his talks have touched on a wide variety of celestial subjects, from solar eclipses and space telescopes to the Northern Lights and the search for planets orbiting distant stars.
Below you’ll find short synopses for the talks Will currently gives. For booking enquiries please use the contact details here.
Shadow Fall – the mechanics, mystery & magic of nature’s greatest celestial show
In this special hour long talk, written and tailored for audiences about to embark on an eclipse viewing trip, Will explores the science behind the incredible phenomenon that is a total solar eclipse, from the celestial mechanics that precipitates these remarkable events to the spectacular and truly breath-taking sights and sensations they can produce.
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.
Dynamic Skies – the story of our changing Cosmos & a new revolution in astronomy
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 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 night skies.
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.