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12th March 2014

Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre of the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.


This lecture is open to members and non-members as the Society’s contribution to Science Week.

Admission is free but seats can be booked in advance. Follow this link to book seats.

Two of Europe’s cosmic explorers, the Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Satellite, have revolutionised our understanding of the formation of stars, galaxies and the Universe. I will outline the major results and their implications.

School of Physics and Astronomy,

 Cardiff University


Dr Chris North BA MSc DPhil

Europe’s Cosmic Explorers

Herschel (shown on the left) has shown that galaxies in the early Universe were cooler than those we see around us today, indicating that early galaxies were more bloated.