BBC Stargazing LIVE at Eden: astronomy event

We're hosting the official BBC Stargazing LIVE event for the South West! This free event features talks and telescopes and ties in with the three-part Stargazing LIVE series on BBC2. It's a ticketed event and registration for tickets has now closed. If your application was successful, you will have received an email from the BBC.

Astronomer looking through telescope at night in front of Eden's Biomes

Date: Tuesday 8 January 2013
Time: 6.30–9.30pm
Price: free but you will need a Stargazing LIVE ticket (you will not require an Eden entry ticket to attend this event)

How to register for tickets

Registration for tickets has now closed. If your application was successful, you will have received an email from the BBC.

Activities programme

Each activity during the Stargazing Live event will last about 20 minutes.

The Core

Discover how it feels to operate the Mars Rover - the remotely controlled machine that patrols the surface of the red planet. Become a part of Mission Control working with the team in The Core remotely operating a Rover in Shetland which will be screened live to The Core. Listen to a talk on the famous Mars Rover and watch live images streamed from remote telescopes. 

In the classrooms of The Core a series of exciting talks will be taking place: 

  • Seed Room – discover fascinating facts at the Mars Workshop.
  • Pod Room – learn how to interpret and explore the skies at the Telescope Workshop. 
  • Discovery Room – mad about the Moon? Find out all you need to know at the Moon wWorkshop.
  • Film Room – find out how it feels to handle rocks that have entered the atmosphere from outer space at the Meteor Workshop. 
  • Expedition Room – explore the world of time at the Sundials Workshop.

Rocket Base by the Ice Rink

The Truro Sea Scouts will be building and firing rockets and answering questions on the basics of launching missiles into space. 

Link Building

Meet the experts from Goonhilly Earth Station and the Roseland Observatory

Rainforest Biome

Take a wander around the Biome and meet the aliens who will be showing visitors how plants from Earth are essential to life.

Mediterranean Biome

  • 6.30pm: Talk on Exoplanets
  • 7pm: Talk on the Moon 
  • 7.30pm: Talk on Big Bangs 
  • 8pm: Talk about the European Space Station
  • 8.30pm: Talk about life on other planets 
  • 9pm: Talk on Goonhilly Earth Station

Also, explore the planets as you experience a journey to the edge of the Universe and back, in the University of Plymouth's full dome Immersive Theatre and a half-dome Theatre.  

Food and drink

You'll be able to pre-book a delicious one- or two-course dinner in our Gallery space overlooking our Biomes, between 5pm and 6.30pm, to set you up for an evening's stargazing. Prices are as follows: adult, one course £12; adult, two courses £15; child, one course £6; child two courses £7.50. Book by calling our Box Office on 01726 811972.

Our other catering outlets will also be open on the night.

Menu for pre-booked dinners

Main course

  • Confit of Cornish lamb shoulder
    Gently cooked and served on a rich bean cassoulet with gremolata
  • Tuscan baked fish
    Simply cooked on a bed of peppers, sweet potatoes, red onion, garlic and tomatoes
  • Goats cheese and oregano stuffed aubergine
    Cooked with sun blushed tomatoes and lemon
  • One-pot baked chicken
    Cooked with prime winter vegetables and potatoes

Children's option

  • Roasted summer vegetable pasta
    With a fresh tomato sauce and grated Cheddar

All main courses accompanied with Eden rustic baked breads


  • Milk chocolate and hazelnut torte
    A decadent dessert with a crumbly amaretti biscuit base
  • Clementine posset
    With cracked sugar
  • Baked winter fruits en papillote
    Sweet spiced scented fruits with honey, topped with a delicate cinnamon cream

More about the BBC Stargazing LIVE series

The TV series, which returns to BBC TWO on 8, 9 and 10 January 2013, is hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain with over three days of live stargazing featuring epic images from observatories around the globe.

To accompany the TV series and the events, BBC Learning is producing a number of free resources including a Star Guide and a special Star Party pack so that people can get involved by planning their own star party at home. They will be available to download from the BBC Stargazing LIVE website from early December.

The Star Party pack has ideas for great activities to get your party going. It offers a variety of top tips that can be customised to suit any age range. Share in the fun of cooking up a Stargazing menu and create cool decorations to give the party that intergalactic feel. The pack provides inspiration to provide interactive activities that everyone can enjoy. There’s even a list of space themed songs to launch your party into the stratosphere.

The Star Guide is a comprehensive handbook to what can be seen in the night sky. As well as the BBC-led partner events, hundreds of other organisations are planning events and activities up and down the country including local communities, astronomical societies, science centres and schools. 

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