Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Thursday, 10 January 2013 from 16:00 to 21:00 (GMT)
An evening of stargazing, space activities, public lectures and cosmology chat at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Activities will take place on board HMS Warrior 1860 and in the Mary Rose Story. This BBC Stargazing LIVE 2013 Partner event is a collaboration between the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose Trust Education Teams, the Hampshire Astronomical Group, Physics Ambassadors from Portsmouth Grammar School, the Portsmouth Undergraduate Physics Society and the Hampshire Branch of the British Science Association. The theme will be “Maps and Navigation Across Space and Time”.
This event is free but tickets must be booked in order to gain access to the Dockyard. Participation in events on board HMS Warrior 1860 will be limited to 2 hours from the initial entry time on your ticket (and not later than 9pm). Please take this into consideration when planning your visit.
Places must also be booked for the free lectures (suitable for 11+) which is possible once you have selected your tickets (please note that these have all sold out but any returned tickets will be available on the night). Details of the lectures are as follows:
The Role of Amateurs in Astronomy Today 5pm (sold out), 7pm (sold out)
Graham Bryant FRAS, Hampshire Astronomical Group
Astronomy is one of the few sciences where the amateur can make a real contribution to scientific knowledge. In this illustrated talk, Graham Bryant will outline some of the work that amateurs undertake and their contribution to the furtherance of scientific knowledge.
The Tudor world of Maps, Navigation, and Exploration 5.40pm (sold out)
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust
The 15th and 16th Centuries saw the rapid expansion of European maritime exploits, using their more sophisticated sea-going vessels to explore ever farther away from home. Hand in hand with the extended voyages came a better understanding of the shape of the world, so the maps took on an increasingly recognizable form. The Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, Rear Admiral John Lippiett, will give an illustrated talk showing the rapid evolvement of maritime successes during this important period of history.
Astro-Navigation 1860 7.40pm (sold out)
Commander Alastair Wilson
Learn about how to use the Sun, Moon and stars for navigation using he tools typical of the 1860s navy.
Mapping the Universe 6.20pm (sold out), 8.20pm (sold out)
Dr David Bacon, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (University of Portsmouth)
With the most powerful telescopes ever built, cosmologists are now mapping out the observable Universe - and finding it to be a dramatic, strange place. In this talk, Dr David Bacon will show the latest maps of the Universe and discuss what they mean.
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Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation is a research department at the University of Portsmouth. Members of the ICG study the physics of the Universe, from gravity to galaxies. Find out more on our website or come to one of our events!