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.
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.
For 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.