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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Sun Lates: 28 November 2018

Bask in the sunshine this November at our Sun-themed Lates in celebration of our latest exhibition, The Sun: Living With Our Star.

Hear the latest in solar research from the likes of Professor Lucie Green, find out how the Sun impacts our health in ways you might not expect, or try your hand at solography, the art of photographing the Sun safely.

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.

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Shady Characters and Sun Worshippers

Join Vybarr Cregan-Reid, author of Primate Change, to find out how our uneasy relationship with the Sun led to rickets in the 19th century and an epidemic of short-sightedness in the 20th century. The talk will be followed by a book signing in the museum shop at 21.30. 

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Flying with Zephyr

Join engineers from Airbus to discover how they developed Zephyr, the first unmanned aircraft of its kind to fly in the stratosphere, running exclusively on solar power and able to fly for months at a time. 

Swiss Solar Activities

Come and talk to the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom and use Helioview Me to find out what happened on the Sun on your special day. Was it explosive or quiet? Explore solar activity, print your personal photo of the Sun as a memento and see artworks that can harvest solar energy. 

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

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 everything we know. 

Tickets are £5— book online or at any ticket desk.

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Light and Perception

In this talk Liz West will explore how her artistic investigations into the nature of perception have revealed that our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. Presented with the support of super/collider. 

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Animals in the Sun

Take a first-hand look at some live exotic animals as we learn about the special ways in which they live with and harness the power of the Sun. Get up-close with sunbathing snakes, thirsty beetles and nocturnal lizards. 

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See the New Black

Artist Christian Furr discusses his latest artwork Black-Eye Third Sight, made with 7Black, the Furr-initiated new super-nano-black paint created by Imperial College scientists Hin Chun Yau and François de Luca. 

In Conversation with Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government

Dr Vallance took up his new post in April 2018 following a distinguished career in medical research and the pharmaceuticals industry, including a period as President of Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline.

In a unique appearance at the Science Museum's Lates, Dr Vallance will begin by outlining his priorities before being quizzed by Dr Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs at the Museum, and former editor of New Scientist and science editor of The Daily Telegraph, and will also take questions from the audience.

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Solar British mission in Brazil

In 1919 a crucial experiment took place in Sobral, a small town in the North-Eastern region of Brazil. Discover how astronomers sought to use their observations of the stars during an eclipse to corroborate or disprove Einstein’s then new theory of General Relativity.

Part of the UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation 2018-2019.


Regular Events

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake: 35% off the usual ticket price.
  • Red Arrows and Fly 360°:  Fly our simulators at discounted Lates rates. 
  • The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution: Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in our brand new exhibition.
  • Hidden Gems: Peel away the layers of the Science Museum’s collection and you’ll find a weird and wonderful world of spectacular objects. Come and marvel at a selection of items not normally on public display, brought straight from our stores.
  • Highlights Tour of the Museum: Follow one of our volunteer tour guides on a whistle-stop tour of some of our most beloved iconic objects and discover the untold stories they hold. 
  • Silent Disco: Whether you’re practicing your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. £2 tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery on the night.

Future Lates

Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

30 January 2019: China
27 February 2019: The Last Tsar

These are subject to change—but we can guarantee that each night will be fun and entertaining.