Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Open Observatory Science Week Special - Thursday 17th March 8pm

Cold is Cool: Herschel's view of the infrared Universe

Our next Open Observatory event will take place on Thursday 17th March when we will welcome Dr Chris Pearson from RAL Space as our guest speaker. RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides world-leading research and technology development for space missions. Dr Pearson will be giving a talk about the exciting topic of infrared astronomy. Refreshments will be available from 7.45pm with the talk starting at 8:00pm.

The Andromeda galaxy in infrared taken by the Herschel telescope
Image credit: ESA
We also have the following exciting displays and activities planned for after the talk...

Lunar soil samples and meteorites

Apollo 11
Image credit: NASA
We have a set of lunar soil and meteorite samples on loan from the STFC for British Science Week and these will be available for visitors to view and learn about.

Crystallography in Space


We have a very successful 'crystallography in space' project that is run by Mrs Stacey and our year 12 chemists. The project is sponsored by the UK Space Agency and the students will be at the event with their work on display for you to view.

Observing the night sky

As always there will be an opportunity to view the night sky in the observatory if the weather is clear so don't forget to wrap up warm! This month we hope to catch a glimpse of the planet Jupiter and its four Galilean moons using our telescope. There are also a number of other exciting objects well placed for viewing this month including the Moon, the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion nebula.

Looking south on 17th March
The meeting is open to all students, staff and members of the public, please email office@spacestudiobanbury.org or contact Mrs Smith to book your places. Children under the age of 16 who are not Space Studio students must be accompanied by an adult. Space Studio students will need to collect a permission slip from Mrs Smith.

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