Stargazing Oxford 2017

Date: 
28 Jan 2017 -
2:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: 
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Audience: 
Family friendly

Stargazing Oxford returns on the 28th January 2017 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)

Last year over 1200 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford as they sought to explore the wonders of the Universe. Join us again as our astronomers will be on hand to answer all your questions including: “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?”.

Whatever the weather the show will go on.

Rain or shine, there will be plenty of astronomy to immerse yourself in. Try your hand at AstroCrafts (age 6+), listen to bite-sized flash talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics, present a space weather broadcast or talk to researchers about their work.

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 observe the night sky with our range of telescopes, tour the sky in an inflatable planetarium and more.

New: Would you like to see inside a neutrino detector and observe neutrinos with your phone? Do you wonder how we make neutrinos and how we detect them? The brand new VENu smartphone app offers all of this and more! There will be live demonstrations of the App at the Stargazing Oxford event.

Talk titles and times:

  • 15:30 - 16:00 Things that go bump in the night: Exploding stars and black holes — Rob Fender
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Advanced LIGO: The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy — Philipp Podsiadlowski
  • 16:30 - 17:00 On the trail of the most energetic particles in the universe — Rafael Alves Batista
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Redder is better! Exploring the universe with the successor to Hubble — Rebecca Bowler
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Astronomy and the rise of machines— Matt Jarvis
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Have we discovered Aliens? — Chris Lintott
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Galaxies and Black Holes — Roger Davies
  • 19:00 - 19:30 The history of the Universe (for those short on time) — David Alonso
  • 19:30 - 20:00 What is astronomy anyway? — Michael Hicks

More information
Booking: This is a drop-in festival style event. No booking is required but we ask groups of 10+ to contact us in advance. Talks, workshops and the planetarium will be taking place every hour. Observing will take place after dark only.

*As in previous years, the number of guests we can accommodate in the building at any given time is limited, so you may have to queue outside on our covered walkway. You won’t be bored as there will be plenty of scientists outside too, entertaining you while you wait.*

Disabled visitors: There is limited access for disabled visitors. Please contact us for more information or to discuss your needs.

Prams and buggies: We will have space near reception for buggies to be stored during your visit.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be available to buy from the canteen.

Parking: There is no parking available on site. There may be some pay and display parking on Keble Road and Norham Gardens, but we recommend you use Oxford Park and Ride if you are traveling from outside Oxford.

For further information please contact public.events@physics.ox.ac.uk.