Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2012 - 14:30

BBC TWO’S hugely popular programme, Stargazing Live, is back in the New Year and to mark its return, Cornwall is hosting a stellar event designed to encourage everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky.

The South West event will take place on Tuesday 08 January 2013 at the Eden Project, near St Austell, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Organised by BBC Learning in conjunction with the Eden Project, Roseland Observatory and i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art and Technology), Plymouth University, the event is one of a number being held up and down the country.

The event at the renowned Eden Project will include a host of family activities being offered by local astronomy societies, brought together by the Roseland Observatory. Visitors will be able to experience the mysteries of deep space inside an inflatable planetarium, courtesy of i-DAT Plymouth University or handle meteorites, unchanged since the formation of the solar system 4,500 million years ago. There’ll be the chance to ‘meet the experts’, carry out experiments, launch rockets and to drive a model Mars Rover in Shetland from the comfort of Mission Control at Eden.

A telescope workshop will show how they work, and how to get the best results from basic telescopes including how to take photographs. Visitors can also learn more about how Cornwall’s famous Goonhilly Earth Satellite station is probing the furthest reaches of space and how similar Cornwall's geology is to that of the Moon.

Entry to the Eden Project and the event will be free during the evening but by ticket only. You can register for tickets on the BBC Shows and Tours website at www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours from November 30 at 6pm until midnight on Tuesday 11 December. Tickets will be allocated by random draw and will be sent out in advance of the event.

Around 113,000 people took part in Stargazing Live events around the UK last year.
Martin Williams, Marketing Director at Eden Project, said:  “We are excited to be working with BBC Learning to put on a fantastic event for all the family in celebration of Stargazing Live 2013.

“Eden is all about connecting people with nature. We usually hope to inspire our visitors by the natural wonders here on Earth but we’re looking forward, once again, to turning our attention to the natural wonders above our heads.”

Brian Sheen, Roseland Observatory Director, said: “It will be great to be working with the BBC and Eden Project again. Building on the experience gained last year, this event will be even bigger and provide something for everyone.”
The TV series, which returns to BBC TWO on January 8th, 9th and 10th 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 at bbc.co.uk/stargazing 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. To find an event near you visit the BBC’s Things To Do website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo