Stargazing Oxford

Date: 
21 Jan 2012 - 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: 
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Room: 
Reception (registration)
Audience: 
There will be activities for everyone.


Stargazing Oxford

BBC Stargazing Live Event

A winter festival of all things space-related!

2pm - 10pm (last entry 9.30pm) - just pop in!

Come along to Oxford Stargazing to find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe.

Exciting hands-on stalls (indoor) for all ages, with astronomers available to answer all your questions about space: “What constellations can you see in the night sky this month?”, “Why do stars explode?”, “Is there life on other planets?” and “What happened at the very beginning of the universe?”.

Rain, sun, cloud, snow - there will still be plenty to see and do!

Watch astrophysicists from Oxford University battle it out with local amateur astronomers in “Universe-ity Challenge,” and hear mini “flash” talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics.

Get some hints and tips about star-gazing at home, with workshops run by local experts from Oxfordshire amateur astronomy groups and the University physics department. There will also be opportunities to “see” the Sun through solar telescopes, observe the night sky with our range of telescopes, tour the sky in an inflatable planetarium (Age 8+, last showing 8pm) and more. Explore our astro crafts area!

This is a drop-in event, tickets for individual activities will be available at the event. Talks, workshops and the planetarium will be taking place every hour. Observing will take place in the evening only.

Come and visit the home of astrophysics in Oxford!

Refreshments: Light refreshments can be bought from the canteen.
Parking: There is no parking available on site. There may be some pay and display parking on Keble Road but we recommend you use Oxford Park and Ride if you are traveling from outside Oxford.

Stargazing LIVE is returning to BBC Two on the 16th-18th of January 2012. In 2011 the series was a huge success, inspiring over 300 partner-led Stargazing events nationwide, from Glen Nevis to Guernsey. This year Oxford University is joining in!

For more information contact: 

Booking is not required, just come along on the day!

Access: The main entrance to the building is up a flight of steep concrete steps. Please ring reception on the day of the event, T: (01865) 273333, if you require lift access so we can meet you outside of the building and accompany you to the lift entrance.

Please contact astrofest [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk if you have queries about access to the event or activities.