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BBC Stargazing Live at the University of Southampton Event

Pink Back Dome
17:30 - 21:00
8 January 2013
Physics and Astronomy Department Building 46 (off Chamberlain Road) SO17 1PQ

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Sadie Jones at .

Event details

The University of Southampton Physics and Astronomy department is once again running an evening event for BBC Stargazing Live.

The event will be officially opened by Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng Dean, Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences at 6pm but guests with young children can begin their evening with a special planetarium show at 5.30pm.

We will also will have Astrophotography Tutorials, 'Ask an Astronomer', lectures on 'black holes' and 'The extinction of the dinosaurs' from Astronomy Professors, a TV showing the BBC live show down in the foyer, Word Wide Telescope tutorials and a Moon Phase activity and various other BBC Stargazing Live activities for small children.


The event is totally free, however tickets are required for the planetarium shows and the roof observatories tours - book your place HERE!

Planetarium Shows 

The Soton Astrodome mobile planetarium will be in the seminar room, on the 5th floor of the Phyiscs & Astronomy building.

See for further details on the dome and show content.

The first show is for young children who will be unable to stay for the whole night, so please only book onto the 5.30pm showing if you are with young children.

Everyone - including very small children - needs to get a ticket as space inside the dome is limited. Please click here to book your ticket.

The dome does not have seats, you will be expected to sit on mats on the floor. We can give you a chair if you really need it. But the more chairs we have inside the dome, the less space there is.

Before being allowed to enter the astrodome you will need to show your ticket to the person outside the dome, who will give you a safety talk before delivering the talk about the stars inside the dome.

There are 5 planetarium shows during the evening and only 26 people (all with tickets) will be permitted into each show

Roof Observatory Tours

To view the stars and planets through the roof telescopes and astrosoc's telescopes you will need to show your tickets to the person waiting at the top of the stairs on the 5th floor.

Tours will take place every 15 minutes between 6-9pm, and only 12 people are allowed up on the roof at one time. To book your ticket please click here.

Please arrive at the 5th floor at least 5 minutes before your tour start time. Please make sure you have been given a torch before you venture out onto the roof.

Adverse Weather Conditions

In the event of Rain or extreme weather conditions access to the Roof Observatories will be prohibited. Even if you have a ticket. Don't worry there will be plenty of activities for young and old in the department which can be done inside. Other activities include talks from Academics, Astrophotography demos, World wide telescope demos, Inflatable planets and Moon phases activities, colouring in, 'Ask the Astronomer' etc. These activities do not require a ticket.


There is parking available at the back of the Physics and Astronomy department, which is Building 46 on the University Map.  

If you put Chamberlain Road, SO17 1PQ into your Sat Navs this should get you to the car park. The University postcode is SO17 1BJ but this postcode should not be used to get you to the Physics department specifically.

Disabled Access

There is disabled access to the 5th floor via the lift, and wheelchairs can enter the astrodome and see a planetarium show. Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the roof observatory tours.

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