Join Stargazing Live at Eden astronomy event

January 9, 2012
Author: Hannah

Explore the night sky at a free evening of astronomy at Eden, as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live series, on Tuesday 17 January 2012.

Telescopes set up by Eden's Biomes

Visitors can find out about the stars of our galaxy by using a variety of professional telescopes, taking a virtual visit to distant corners of the universe in a portable planetarium, seeing live feeds from observatories around the world and handling and studying meteorites through microscopes.

There will also be a chance to see a big lights switch-off in the Biome and hear talks from experts on the night sky, life and death of stars, astronomical photography and much more.

Children exploring the night sky with telescopesFor younger visitors there’ll be a range of activities including a workshop about the locations of the moon landings and astronomy-themed colouring-in.

We’re working with the Roseland Observatory and the University of Plymouth on the evening’s programme.

Stargazing Live, co-produced by the Open University, returns for a second three-night series on BBC Two to encourage everyone to learn more about the night sky. It will be broadcast on BBC Two over three nights – January 16 to 18 – and Eden is due to be part of the final two programmes.

Presenters Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will broadcast live from the control room of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, interacting live with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the majestic wonders of the skies above Britain.

The pair will tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as ‘why does the moon cause the tides?’, ‘how do we know where black holes are when they are impossible to see?’ and ‘what will we actually say if we ever make contact with an alien race?’ There will also be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.

Get more details on the astronomy event at Eden and on the BBC’s Stargazing series.

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7 responses to Join Stargazing Live at Eden astronomy event

  1. vicki says:

    hi,
    this sounds great! I got a telescope as a Xmas present so perfect way to start my discovery of the night sky. What time does the event on 17 Jan start please?

    many thanks,
    vicki

  2. Hannah says:

    Hi Vicki, It’s from 6-9.30pm. All the details are at.
    http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/other-activities/bbc-stargazing-live-at-eden-astronomy-event
    Great to hear you’ll get a chance to use your new present.

  3. tobis the giant says:

    i love magic stars mann

  4. mrs smith says:

    very angry very disapointed my daughter son in law and grandaughter took me to the star gazing session and was turned away because they were full .we not only came up from camborne but left without having tea and wasted a lot of petrol .should have beenmore organised .wont be doing that again without some sort of gaurentee of getting in .

  5. Hannah says:

    We’re sorry that you had a disappointing experience. The free event proved much more popular than was expected. Clearly stargazing is something of a growing phenomenon; last year we hosted a similar free event for BBC Stargazing and we had around 200 people. Last night more than 2,000 came in, which meant that people had to queue for longer for the exhibits and we had to turn some away. We’d like to say sorry to anyone who was disappointed.

  6. Robert Kiley says:

    Are you likely to be doing it again in March

  7. Hannah says:

    Hi Robert, We’ve actually now finished our Stargazing for this year, but it may be back next year!

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