Stargazing Oxford 2013

12 Jan 2013 - 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Reception (registration)
There will be activities for everyone. Most of the activities are suitable for 8+ but families with younger children are welcome

BBC Stargazing Live Event

Stargazing Oxford returns on the 12th January 2013 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)

Last year's event

Last year nearly 1,200 people were able to experience exciting hands-on stalls for all ages, with astronomers available to answer all their 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?”. You can read more about it here.

Stargazing Oxford 2013

This year BBC Stargazing LIVE 2013 is returning to BBC Two on the 8th-10th of January 2013 and Stargazing Oxford is also back! It will be an opportunity to find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe.

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

Try your hand at AstroCrafts (age 6+), listen to mini “flash” talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics, submit an entry to the photography competition, talk to researchers about their work, follow the star trail or take a look at the special exhibits from the Museum of the History of Science.

You can also 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. At the event there will 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.

More information
This is a drop-in event, tickets for individual activities will be available at the event. Groups of 10+ should astrofest [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (contact us) in advance. Talks, workshops and the planetarium will be taking place every hour. Observing will take place after dark 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.

Please bring along old cereal boxes and CDs to make your own takeaway spectrometer.

Photo credits: Joseph Caruana

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Booking not required, but please expect to queue for entry for a short while.

If you have a question please contact: astrofest [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk