Stargazing 2020

31 January 2020

Ever wondered how you can measure the speed of light with marshmallows or wanted to find out more about the largest telescope on Earth? The Department of Physics opened its doors for its annual Stargazing event on Saturday 25 January and welcomed some 1,209 keen and curious visitors of all ages.

'Stargazing is our largest event, and one of the year’s highlights,' remarks Professor Chris Lintott. 'It’s great to welcome families and our local community into our building, and our researchers are delighted to be able to share the excitement of the Universe. Everything is hands-on, so people get a unique insight into the latest research, our projects - and hopefully they have some fun along the way.'

What our visitors said:
"Had a great time learning about space alongside my kids. Great topic of conversation when we got home, thank you."

"So much good stuff to see – just not enough time!"

"A dream come true for my son who watches so many space clips on YouTube"

"We had so much fun and terrific opportunity to do something as a family. Between us we learnt so much."

What was on offer: • Read the weather forecast for Mars • Get up close to the Plough constellation • Become a citizen scientist on a Zooniverse project • Make your own antenna party hat • Explore astronomy instrumentation • Listen to lectures from researchers and professors • Solar observing and remote observing • Visit the planetarium

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Missed it? You don't have to miss out! Download the instructions and template, right to make your own model of the Plough.