Stargazing Live on Sussex University Campus – Tonight!

Just a quick post to advertise the fact that the BBC Television series Stargazing Live will be broadcast in the evenings this week from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th March, 2015. The programme is hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain and will be beamed to you (or at least to those of you who have television sets) from Jodrell Bank, which is near Manchester (in the Midlands).

Closer to home, at least for those of you whose home is closer to mine than it is to Jodrell Bank, the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex will be running a series of astronomical activities (including planetarium shows, observing sessions and lectures) for all ages to coincide with the programme tonight (i.e. Wednesday 18th March). This also takes place within One World Week at the University of Sussex, which gives it added interest for both staff and students. There’s nothing like astronomy to make you aware of our shared existence on this little planet…

There are two sessions this evening. One is from 6pm to 7.30pm and the other from 8pm to 9.30pm. You can find full details of both sessions here, but here’s a taster of the menu for the earlier session:

stargazing

It’s lovely and sunny on Sussex University campus as I write this, and the forecast is good for this evening too. Might we be able to get a glimpse of the Aurorae that lit up the skies over Britain last night? I can’t promise that, but there’s a chance! Sadly the forecast for Friday’s partial solar eclipse is not so good, but we live in hope.

Anyway, wherever you are and whatever you do this evening, here’s wishing you Happy Stargazing!

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