Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Stargazing Live at the Space Studio

Students and members of the public are invited to attend a unique Stargazing Live event on Thursday 26th March here at the Space Studio.

The event starts at 7 pm with a talk by Dr Helen Walker from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, refreshments will be available from 6:45 pm. The talk is about seeing the invisible Universe using infrared astronomy. 

Dr Helen Walker is an astronomer, working in the Satellite Operations Group at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. She has around thirty years experience of working with astronomical satellites, both as researcher and planning specialist.

For five years she helped ESA plan science observations on the Mars Express satellite and now works with the four Cluster satellites. She is Test Team Leader for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) which will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope. Her research interests focus on planets, and the material around stars which might form planets.

After the talk there will be a chance to observe the night sky using our observatory and other equipment if the skies are clear. We will also have an exciting selection of meteorites and lunar soil samples available for you to view.

The event will finish at approximately 10pm (the exact finish time is dependent on the weather). 

If you would like to attend as a member of the public please email: office@spacestudiobanbury.org with the number of places you would like, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are a Space Studio student please collect an invitation from Mrs Shannon at reception, you will need to get this signed by your parent or carer and return it to school.

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