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Dr Francisco Diego

Press Release - 10 November 2004

Public lecture - The rainbow: a message from the Universe

Friday 19 November 2004, 7.30 pm, University Hall, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY.

Local people will have the chance to find out how the amazing secrets hidden in the colours of the rainbow have inspired the exploration of our universe, at a free public lecture next week (Friday 19 November 2004).

The lecture will describe how scientists’ fascination with the rainbow led to a number of discoveries about the nature of light. These discoveries have, in turn, led to the development of simple techniques used by astrophysicists to explore the far reaches of the Universe.

Dr Francisco Diego, a leading astronomer from University College London, will be giving the annual lecture organised by the University of Bath and The William Herschel Society.

“The rainbow has led humankind to learn about the nature of the stars, the expansion of the universe and the presence of planets around many stars,” explained Dr Diego.

“It is deeply philosophical and humbling to find that the consequences of these simple discoveries have taken us back to our very origins.”

Dr Diego was born in Mexico City and is now a professional astronomer working in high resolution spectroscopy.

He is president of the UK Association for Astronomy Education and is a keen populariser of astronomy with extensive experience as a planetarium presenter, author and broadcaster.

Admission to the lecture is free, no tickets required.

The lecture starts at 7.30 and will be in the University Hall, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY.