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See the stars next week at University of Surrey event

The Department of Physics at the University of Surrey is inviting everyone to a free “star party” next week to tie in with the BBC’s Stargazing Live TV programme. 

The University is inviting the public to an evening of stargazing, talks, and activities with the University’s Department of Physics and Astrophysics group, as well as amateur astronomers from the Guildford Astronomical Society, on 29 March between 6.30pm and 10pm.

Dr Heather Campbell, University of Surrey SEPnet (South East Physics Network) Outreach & Ogden Science Officer, said:

“We’re really looking forwards to welcoming families to enjoy using our telescopes and other equipment in an informal atmosphere. Everyone will be able to find out more about astronomy, space and physics in a fun, hands-on event.”

At Surrey’s Stargazing Live event, visitors can use several high-powered telescopes (weather permitting) as well as hear a series of short talks on space-related topics.

The event is one of many “star parties” being held nationwide to celebrate the return of BBC’s Stargazing Live. The BBC Two series, broadcast annually from Jodrell Bank Observatory, is presented by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain.

Visitors to the University can also join in with a range of indoor activities including practical demonstrations of infrared cameras, medical and nuclear physics demos, and see a show in an inflatable planetarium. Meanwhile, children can get creative with fun “space related” colouring activities.


Surrey’s Stargazing Live takes place at the University of Surrey (Stag Hill campus) from 6.30pm to 10pm on Wednesday 29 March. The event is free but tickets must be purchased in advance from Eventbrite.

The University’s Astrophysics Research Group has a strong focus on outreach and works with SEPnet to help raise local interest in physics. In 2015 the Group installed learning and outreach telescope on campus, which is used for monthly public engagement events as well as for undergraduate teaching.





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