Portsmouth astronomers offer cosmic fun at Night Sky Live

Astronomers from the University of Portsmouth will be on hand to answer a galaxy of cosmic questions at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium this weekend.

night skyScientists from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) will offer their expertise at Night Sky Live – a two-day festival focusing on galaxies, stars, planets and other celestial bodies.

The Institute has partnered with the Science Centre to offer fun family events this Saturday and Sunday.  Dr Jen Gupta, of ICG, will present interactive shows on the science of the night sky and shed more light on the planets in our solar system and other wonders of the universe.

Experts from the ICG will also run hands-on space and night sky activities, including a chance to check out their Tactile Universe – a project to engage blind and visually impaired people with astrophysics research by using 3D images of galaxies.

“Night Sky Live is a great opportunity for members of the public to learn about space in a fun, laid-back setting,’ said Dr Gupta. “At the ICG, we love the opportunity to share our cosmology research with people of all ages and introduce them to complex subjects in a way that is interactive, engaging and easy to understand.”

The event also offers stargazing talks and planetarium shows. There is the chance to find the North Star and learn more about astro-navigation, create your own planisphere and constellation and hunt for the Solar System’s ninth planet.

Night Sky Live runs at the Science Centre in Telegraph Way, Winchester between 10am and 9pm on Saturday and 10am and 8.30pm on Sunday (25 and 26 November). Events run at various times. For general ticket prices and tickets for Dr Gupta’s live shows and the Planetarium shows, and for event times and further details, visit the centre website here.

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