Stargazing at Queen Mary 2017

April is Global Astronomy Month; so join Queen Mary’s School of Physics and Astronomy for an evening of astronomical entertainment!

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017 6pm – 9pm

Venue: The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Audience: all welcome, family-friendly


Come and enjoy:

- public talks about some of the research being carried out by astronomers in Queen Mary

- exhibits outlining aspects of how we study the Universe

- comet making demonstrations

- and stargazing on the lawn  (weather permitting)


Provisional schedule:

Doors open around 5:45.

6:00 - 9:00  Exhibits in the People's Palace foyer: Posters and demonstrations describing how we measure starlight, the telescopes that Queen Mary's astronomers use to observe the southern skies, and how we find exoplanets. Students and staff will be on hand to offer explanations.

6:00 - 6:45  "Cassini at Saturn: the end is nigh":  Prof. Carl Murray will describe some of the unusual and exciting findings about the planet Saturn that have been revealed by the Cassini spacecraft.

6:45  Comet-making demonstration:  A fun demonstration of what a (very small) comet might look like.

7:00 - 7:45  "Observing the southern skies":  Dr Izaskun Jimenez Serra and Dr Chris Clarkson will describe the science they do (or will do!) using some of the world's most advanced telescopes in the southern hemisphere. Find out about the search for the building blocks of life in stellar nurseries, and how we will peer ever deeper into space to probe the earliest epochs of the Universe.

7:30 - 9:00 Stargazing on the lawn:  Join Prof. Steve Thomas and his telescopes to take a closer look at some of the celestial objects visible from Queen Mary's front lawn. This will of course depend on the weather, but all being well you will be able to see the Moon and Jupiter and maybe catch a glimpse of a comet as well.

7:45  Comet-making demonstration:  A fun demonstration of what a (very small) comet might look like.

8:00 - 8:30  "The hunt for Proxima b":  Hear how an international team led by QMUL astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada Escude found a planet around the nearest star to Earth. Is this the most likely place for us to find evidence for some form of life amongst the stars?

9:00  evening ends

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