Stargazing Oxford 2017

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14:00 - 22:00
Department of Physics
Parks Road
Venue details

Denys Wilkinson Building. For information on disabled access, please contact us via the email address below.

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Booking required
Not required

Last year over 1,200 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford as they sought to explore the wonders of the Universe. Join us again as our astronomers will be on hand to answer all your questions including: “What constellations can you see in the night sky this month?”, “Why do stars explode?”, “Is there life on other planets?” and “What happened at the very beginning of the universe?”.

Whatever the weather the show will go on.

Rain or shine, there will be plenty of astronomy to immerse yourself in. Try your hand at AstroCrafts (age 6+), listen to bite-sized flash talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics, present a space weather broadcast or talk to researchers about their work.

You can also get some hints and tips about star-gazing at home, with workshops run by local experts from Oxfordshire amateur astronomy groups and the University physics department. At the event there will be opportunities to observe the night sky with our range of telescopes, tour the sky in an inflatable planetarium and more.

More information
Booking: This is a drop-in festival style event. No booking is required but we ask groups of 10+ to contact us in advance. Talks, workshops and the planetarium will be taking place every hour. Observing will take place after dark only.

*As in previous years, the number of guests we can accommodate in the building at any given time is limited, so you may have to queue outside on our covered walkway. You won’t be bored as there will be plenty of scientists outside too, entertaining you while you wait.*

Disabled visitors: There is limited access for disabled visitors. Please contact us.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be available to buy from the canteen.

Parking: There is no parking available on site. There may be some pay and display parking on Keble Road and Norham Gardens, but we recommend you use Oxford Park and Ride if you are travelling from outside Oxford.

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