Stargazing Oxford 2018

27 Jan 2018 - 2:00pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Something for everone


Stargazing Oxford returns on the 27th January 2018 from 2pm to 9pm (last entry 8.30pm)

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?”.

Rain or shine, there will be plenty of astronomy to immerse yourself in.

Daytime activties: 2-8pm

Science cafe: Talk to our researchers and explore space science through hands-on stalls and activities.
AstroCrafts: Get creative with astronomy-themed craft activities*
Space Weather: Present a space weather broadcast in front of a green screen*
Flash talks: Listen to bite-sized flash talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics. Talk titles and times TBC.
Observing advice: 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.
Star shows: Tours of the night sky in the inflatable planetarium and lecture theatre.

*Astrocraft and space weather activities finish at 7pm

Final talk schedule:

  • 15.00-15.30 Philipp Podsiadlowski - Astrophysical Alchemy: Making Gold in Neutron-Star Mergers
  • 15.30-16.00 Sandor Kruk - A Zoo of Galaxies
  • 16.00-16.30 Flash talks:
  • Mark Graham - I’m Spinning Around: Watching Galaxies Rotate (Or Not)
  • Ellen Schallig - Rushing robots and tons of glass: building the WEAVE spectrograph
  • Nathan Adams - Merging Galaxies: Making the biggest mess!
  • 16.30-17.00 Payel Das - Galactic Archaeology: mining stellar fossils in the Milky Way halo
  • 17.00-17.30 Jean-Loup Baudino - Taking real photos of planets outside the solar system
  • 17.30-18.00 Darsh Kodwani - Big bang and a multiverse
  • 18.00-18.30 Martin Bureau - Weighing black holes
  • 18.30-19.00 Flash talks:
  • Josie Peters - Quasars: Are they as cool as they sound?
  • Rebecca Esselstein - It's a Star's Life
  • 19.00-19.30 Mark Hammond - Extreme Weather on Other Worlds
  • 19.30-20.00 Benjamin Fernando - The music of the Sun: a brief tour of helioseismology

Stargazing activities: 6-9pm (8pm if it is cloudy)

An opportunities to observe the night sky with local experts from Oxfordshire amateur astronomy groups with a range of telescopes. This activity will finish at 8pm if no breaks in the clouds are foretasted. We will keep you updated here.

More information

Booking: This is a drop-in festival style event. No booking is required but we ask groups of 10+ to []contact us[/url] 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