Space and science with Lucy Hawking

Authors Live with Lucy Hawking

On Thursday 22 May, Lucy Hawking, journalist and author of the children’s book George's Secret Key to the Universe took part in our Authors Live programme. Translated into 38 languages, the George series of books has brought complex science to a newer and younger audience and they’re worth a read at any age.

Lucy is the daughter of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and grew up in the epicentre of cosmology study. She is an apt astronomical guide, capable of navigating her audience around a wonderful theoretical space journey.

The force is definitely strong with this one, and you can learn a lot from her fun master class. Want proof? Check out my new Jedi knowledge:

  • Did you know that star formation happens in a region in space known as Stellar Nurseries?

  • Did you know that there are many defunct objects that orbit around earth known collectively as space junk? At present, there are 19,000 pieces of debris larger the 5 cm floating in orbit. These include such things as old satellites and even a rogue toothbrush.

  • Did you know that Leonard Nimoy (AKA Spock) directed the 1990s movie classic Three Men and a Baby?


Okay, Lucy didn’t divulge this last one but I had to share it - and it is space related. Sort of.

Lucy did break down many complex and intricate theories such as time-travel, gravity and black holes and presented these in an easy and enjoyable guide of cosmological principles. Find out more about these by watching the Lucy Hawking video!

Enjoy your journey into space, and don’t forget your toothbrush! (You could always pinch the one floating about in orbit, but remember: in space, no one can hear you clean).