Date: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:00

The Eden Project hosted a stellar event last night (Tuesday January 8) as a galaxy of amateur astronomers took part in BBC Stargazing Live – one of many events across the country created to inspire and educate people about exploration of the night skies.

The event, which was organised with the help of Brian Sheen, Director of the Roseland Observatory, was jam-packed with a cosmic array of activities including a live link to a Mars Rover replica in Shetland and lessons in building and flying small rockets supervised by the Truro Sea Scouts.

Speakers covered topics from life on other planets to discussion about the Big Bang and workshops showcased and explored the world of telescopes, meteorites and the history of sundials.

Eden “Astronauts” patrolled the Rainforest Biome helping visitors choose plants to enable them to live on another planet. Despite the overcast conditions, telescopes were aimed at the sky with lessons on how to search the cosmos. 

Emma Hugo, 30, from St Austell said: “I came to the first BBC Stargazing Live event at Eden in 2010 and I was hooked on the subject. I joined up with the Roseland Observatory and have been studying the science of astronomy ever since. This event is fantastic for helping other people to enjoy the subject and get more involved.”

Monty Rix, 10, from St Austell who is studying GCSE Astronomy at the Roseland Observatory, said: “It’s been an absolutely brilliant night - it’s really important to get everybody interested in astronomy and having all the activities here at Eden is a great way to tell people all about it.”

Martin Williams, Eden Project Marketing Director, said: “BBC Stargazing Live reminds us all to take the time to look up to the skies and think about our place in the universe.

“Having this wonderful event here at Eden has meant that once again we can reach out to thousands of people to help them explore the night skies and learn about the fascinating subject of astronomy.”

The event was one of many across the country designed in-line with the popular BBC Two programme hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain. To find out more about BBC Stargazing Live visit www.bbc.co.uk.