Published: 08 January 2016

Stars in their eyes

The University of Surrey’s state-of-the-art telescope and dome will be boosted by the construction of an amphitheatre under the stars, funded by generous donors to the Annual Fund.

The University’s links with the community are very important to us and we like to share our facilities wherever possible. Last year the Astrophysics Group launched very popular stargazing nights where members of the public view the night sky via our £100,000 telescope and dome.

These outreach events have been boosted by a £10,000 grant from the Annual Fund which will be used to build an outdoor amphitheatre and large display screen to capture some of 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way!

Professor Justin Read said: “The telescope is an exciting new addition to our facilities at the University. Our first two public events were very popular - we had all ages from 7 to 70 to see the night sky and hear a lecture about the latest astrophysics research at Surrey. It also gives students the opportunity to work with real data, learning a host of skills that will stand them in good stead wherever their future takes them.

“The Annual Fund grant will enable us to  create an exciting new multipurpose space on campus that will inspire students, schoolchildren and the general public for years to come.”

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