Stellar events announced for The Sun: Living With Our Star at the Science Museum

8 MINUTES by Whitley, , Choreography – Alexander Whitley, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, 2017, Platform Theatre, London, Credit: Johan Persson

To celebrate the Science Museum’s blockbuster exhibition The Sun: Living With Our Star, running from 6 October 2018 to 6 May 2019, the museum will be hosting a series of unique events. From a dance performance inspired by sunlight’s journey to Earth, the world premiere of a specially commissioned audio-visual performance by Mercury Prize-nominated band Portico Quartet, the English premiere of moving documentary Anote’s Ark, and an expert panel discussion on the future of nuclear energy, the events programme will explore humanity’s ever-changing relationship with our nearest star.

Tickets are available from the 7 August, at all Science Museum ticket desks or via the Science Museum website.

15 Million Degrees: Lucie Green in Conversation with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

IMAX Theatre, Science Museum

Wednesday 28 November, 19.30-20.30

Tickets £5 / Ages 18+

Royal Society Research Fellow, solar physicist and author of the acclaimed 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun, Professor Lucie Green joins us for a fascinating discussion about how the Sun works, the latest research in solar physics, and how a solar storm could threaten our world. Joining Lucie on stage to talk all things solar is space scientist, author and presenter of The Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE. Maggie’s latest book, The Sky at Night: Book of the Moon, will be published in September by BBC Books. The event is presented in partnership with the Royal Society, and features live subtitles provided by StageText. The event will be followed by a book signing in the IMAX Theatre featuring both speakers.

Lates: The Sun

Science Museum

Wednesday 28 November, 18.45–22.00

Free entry / Ages 18+

Bask in an evening filled with illuminating workshops, talks, hands-on activities, curator-led tours and performances exploring the beauty of all things solar. Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town. Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours themed nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Portico Quartet in Concert + Out of Hours Exhibition Viewing

IMAX Theatre, Science Museum

Friday 1 March 2019, 18.45-20.35 and 21.00- 22.35.

Tickets £21 / All Ages

Fresh from headlining the Roundhouse in October 2018, Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet will take to the stage in the IMAX Theatre for the world premiere of a brand-new audio-visual concert specially commissioned by the Science Museum to celebrate major exhibition, The Sun: Living with Our Star. At the concert Portico Quartet will perform brand-new music set to projected visuals produced by the Science Museum and inspired by The Sun: Living with Our Star. Featuring stunning photography from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, archive and brand-new film footage, photography and animation, this new and moving performance reflects the story of Earth’s nearest star and humankind’s relationship with it. This event includes DJ support and complimentary admission to The Sun: Living with Our Star.

Let There Be Light + Panel Discussion: Is Nuclear Fusion the Way Forward?

IMAX Theatre, Science Museum

Friday 26 April 2019, 19.30 – 21.45,

Tickets £10 / Ages 15 +

Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of energy experts including Dame Mary Archer join us to discuss the future of nuclear fusion and solar power following a screening of the absorbing documentary Let There Be Light. Clean, safe and unlimited power has been an obsession for scientists and inventors for centuries, and an underlying preoccupation for our society as a whole. Since the 1940s, when we first understood how the Sun creates energy, nuclear fusion has been energy’s Holy Grail. But could we now be on the brink of at last producing an ‘artificial Sun’ here on Earth? Let There Be Light chronicles the work of the passionate scientists who are struggling to make the breakthrough that could alter the course of human history.

Astronights: The Sun

Science Museum

October 2018 – April 2019

Tickets £60/ Ages 7 – 11

Join us on our journey to the stars at this special season of Astronights. Come on a dazzling expedition to explore the Sun, our closest star. Immerse yourself in the Solar System with hands-on workshops exploring light, an interactive science show and a digital gallery trail that will put your science skills to the test. There will also be time to experience museum highlights like Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery after-hours. After an action-packed evening you and your group will spend the night dozing in our iconic galleries amongst much-loved objects. Astronights are sleepovers for children, this overnight science extravaganza at the Science Museum is packed with workshops, science shows and activities. Rounded off with breakfast and a breath-taking IMAX 3D film, it’s a night they will never forget.

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