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Discover the stars at the University of Southampton

Published: 6 January 2016
Rooftop tour at last year's event
Rooftop tour at last year's event proved popular with families

On Wednesday 13 January from 5.30 to 9pm, members of the public are invited to see the stars either from the comfort of the two Soton Astrodomes – the University’s inflatable mobile planetariums – or from the rooftop observatories.

The Astrodome will be running planetarium shows during the evening and there will be a number of tours for the public to view the stars through the roof telescopes. There will be three talks from astronomy academics on the 'Aurora', 'Accreting White Dwarfs' and 'Galaxy Evolution', plus a Galaxy Zoo workshop and a 'Little Astronomers Room'.

The roof tours, planetarium shows, workshop and talks are free but require tickets, which can be booked online using the link opposite.

Other free activities include access to University Astrosoc and the Southampton Astronomical Society (SAS) telescopes, Supernova science demos, ‘Ask the Astronomer’ stand and a video showcasing the adventures of Astronomy PhD students currently observing supernovae in Chile.

Dr Sadie Jones, Outreach Leader in Astronomy at the University of Southampton, says: "I am very excited to once again organise our Stargazing evening on campus and I hope lots of members of the public come along and take part. These evenings are a great way to encourage children, families and individuals to ponder the big questions of the universe and explore the night sky."

 

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