Variety in Astronomical Orbits

05 April 2019


visitors welcome £5 • members/students £2

Image Credit: Professor Mark Birkinshaw

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Gravitation dominates the dynamics of the Universe on scales larger than a few kilometres, and so orbital motion is the basic motion of bodies in the Universe. The variety of orbital motions is much wider than the set of elliptical shapes that are used as an approximation in the Solar System. In this lecture I will extend the concept of orbital motion into more general classes of orbits, such as those around rotating black holes.

Professor Mark Birkinshaw, University of Bristol