Stargazing+ at O'Hanlon House

23 July 2018

Stargazing+ at O'Hanlon House

On Thursday 17th May a team of our researchers visited O'Hanlon House with a collection of interesting demonstrations to talk about space and the Universe.

We had a giant Lego model of the Extremely Large Telescope on display along with the infrared camera and discharge lamps to discuss multiwave astronomy and spectra. Over the course of the session 20 clients came over to ask questions and discuss the demonstrations. The Extremely Large Telescope was of particular interest and sparked lots of interesting conversations about what the instruments will discover and space exploration more generally.

O’Hanlon House provides a resettlement floor for around 66 homeless people aged 18+ in central Oxford. This was a really interesting experience for everyone involved. The staff at O'Hanlon House were brilliant and it was a privilege to be part of a programme of activities designed to empower clients in difficult circumstances.

This was part of our Stargazing+ programme to engage under-served audiences with space-related research.

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Thank you to Dr James Matthews, Dr Adam Ingram, Leanne O'Donnell, Dr Kathryn Boast, Darsh Kodwani and Dr Sian Tedaldi for their involvement.