Stargazing Live 2014 at the University of Southampton, Building 46
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 from 17:30 to 21:00 (GMT)
Southampton, United Kingdom
The University of Southampton Physics and Astronomy department is once again running an evening event for
BBC Stargazing Live
on the 8th January
Tickets are required for the SotonAstrodome planetarium shows, the roof observatory tours & the astrophotography talks and talks by astronomy lecturers !!!
Book your place HERE.
Full details of absolutely EVERYTHING going on ON the evening can be found by clicking this link below
5.30-6pm- Planetarium SHOW (Young Children 4-10yrs)– seminar room
5.30pm - Play Doh and Till Roll Solar SystemACTIVITY by Astronomers Sam Connolly and James Matthews- TR 4
5.45pm-Inflatable Solar System ACTIVITY by Aarran & Rob- Foyer
6pm - Moon Phases ACTIVITY by Astronomer Poppy Martin- TR 4
6-6.30pm- Planetarium SHOW (Young Children 4-10yrs)– seminar room
6pm – Saturn and Cassini TALK- by Dr Caitriona Jackman.- Lecture Theatre B (off the foyer/ 2nd floor)
6pm – Beginners Astrophotography TALK - by Dr James West– Lecture Theatre C (foyer/floor 2)
6.30-7pm - Planetarium SHOW (Aimed 8-15yrs)– seminar room
6.30pm-World Wide Telescope TUTORIALS- by Juan Hernandez-seminar room
6.30pm - Play Doh and Till Roll Solar SystemACTIVITY by Astronomers Sam Connolly and James Matthews- TR 4
6.45pm-Inflatable Solar System ACTIVITY by Aarran & Rob- Foyer
7pm-Black Hole Heartbeat TALK- by Dr Diego Altamirano-Lecture Theatre A (foyer/floor 2)
7pm – Saturn and Cassini TALK- by Dr Caitriona Jackman.- LTB
7-7.45pm - Planetarium SHOW– seminar room
7.30pm - Play Doh and Till Roll Solar SystemACTIVITY by Astronomers Sam Connolly and James Matthews- TR 4
7.30pm-World Wide Telescope TUTORIALS- by Astronomer Juan Hernandez-seminar room
7.45-8.30pm - Planetarium SHOW (15+yrs)– seminar room
8pm-Black Hole Heartbeat TALK- by Dr Diego Altamirano-LTA
8pm- Intermediate Astrophotography TALK- by James West– LTC
8.15pm-World Wide Telescope TUTORIALS- by Juan -seminar room
8pm - Moon Phases ACTIVITY by Astronomer Poppy Martin- TR 4
8.30-9pm- Planetarium SHOW (16+ yrs)– seminar room
The following events DO NOT REQUIRE TICKETS just turn up:
Southampton Astronomical Society (SAS) STAND & TELESCOPES – 6-9pm, foyer and outside foyer
Uni of Southampton Astrosoc STAND & TELESCOPES– 6-9pm, foyer and outside of foyer
Beginners & Intermediate Astrophotography TALKS- 6pm & 8pm, 45 mins by Dr James West– Lecture Theatre C (foyer/floor 2)
Black Hole Heartbeat TALK –7pm & 8 pm , 30 mins, Lecture Theatre A (3rd floor), by Dr Diego Altamirano .
Saturn and Cassini TALK – 6pm & 7.30pm, 30 mins, Lecture Theatre B (foyer/floor 2), by Dr Caitriona Jackman.
Play Doh and Till Roll Solar System ACTIVITY - 5.30, 6.30, 7.30pm TR4 (off foyer) with Astronomers Sam Connolly, James Matthews, Rob Firth.
World Wide Telescope TUTORIALS – 6.45 , 7.45 & 8.15pm, 30 mins, seminar room/5th floor by the flat screen, by Astronomer Juan Hernandez.
Astrophotography Informal WORKSHOP – 6-9pm, seminar room/5th floor, by Nick Higginbottom, Dr Adam Hill, Lawrence Dunn & Dr Tony Bird.
Moon Phases ACTIVITY – 6, 7 & 8pm, 20 mins, Teaching Room 4 (Room off foyer on floor 2), by Astronomer Poppy Martin .
Inflatable Solar System ACTIVITY – 7 & 8pm, 20 mins, Foyer/Floor 2 by Astronomers Aarran Shaw & Rob Firth.
‘Ask the Astronomer’ STAND – 6-9pm, seminar room/5th floor by PhDs.
Astronautics Space Research ACTIVITIES – 6-9pm, 3rd floor landing & lead by Astronautics PhD students.
‘Astronomy Know How’ STAND – 6-9pm, foyer by Ninian Boyle.
The following events have SOLD OUT! Entry ONLY with a valid ticket:
Planetarium SHOWS- 5.30-6pm (young), 6.-6.30pm (young) 6.30-7pm (8-15+), 7-7.45pm (15+), 7.45-8.15pm(15+), 8.15-9pm (16+ stellarium) presented by various Astronomers/PhD students–in our mobile planetarium aka SotonAstrodome, seminar room, 5th floor.
Roof Observatory TELESCOPE TOURS– every 15 mins by various Astronomers/Undergrads & Astrosoc - 5th floor (top of stairs on the right)
Young Persons Program
There will be several hands on activites suitable for children (and adults) young and old running between 5.30-8pm. These are all totally free and do not require tickets.
Activities will be in Teaching room 4 in Physics Foyer:
Moon Phases activity - TR4- 3 sessions- 6 & 7 & 8pm - Astronomer Poppy Martin
Play Doh & Till Roll Solar System- TR4-3 sessions - 5.30 & 6.30 & 7.30pm - Astronomer Sam Connolly
Inflatable planets in foyer - many sessions but main ones at - 5.45 & 6.45pm - Astronomers Aarran Shaw, Rob Firth and James Matthews
The Soton Astrodome mobile planetarium will be in the seminar room, on the 5th floor of the Phyiscs & Astronomy building.
See http://www.astrodome.soton.ac.uk for further details on the dome and show content.
The first two shows are for young children who will be unable to stay for the whole night, so please only book onto the 5.30pm and 6pm showing if you are with young children.
Everyone - including very small children needs to get a ticket from this website- space inside the dome is limited.
The dome does not have seats, you will be expected to sit on mats on the floor. We can give you a chair if you really need it. But the more chairs we have inside the dome- the less space there is.
Before being allowed to enter the astrodome you will need to show your ticket to the person outside the dome, who will give you a safety talk outside the dome, and give the talk about the stars inside the dome.
There are 6 planetarium shows during the evening and only 26 people (all with tickets) will be permitted into each show- 28 for the young person shows.
All talks are lead by fully trained Astrophysics PhD students, so please do ask them lots of questions.
Roof Observatory Tours
To view the stars and planets through the roof telescopes and astrosoc's telescopes you will need to show your tickets to the person waiting at the top of the stairs on the 5th floor.
Tours will happen every 15 minutes between 5.45-9pm.
Only 12 people are allowed up on the roof at one time
Please arrive at the 5th floor at least 5 minutes before your tour start time. Please make sure you have been given a torch before you venture out onto the roof.
**Please dress warmly, wear sensible shoes. If weather conditions aren't favourable and outdoor stargazing activities aren't possible, then other activities will continue indoors.**
Astronomy Talks by Astronomy Lecturers
There will be 2 talks by Astronomy Lecturers from the Physics and Astronomy department, each talk will run twice.
These talks will be 30 min talks with 10 mins for questions and will be held in Lecture Theatres A and B (hereafter LTA and LTB respectively) are on the 3rd floor & in the foyer area of the Physics & Astronomy Building.
At 7 pm and 8 pm -Dr Diego Altamirano - Black Hole Heartbeat - LTA
Shh! be quiet and you will be able to listen to the heartbeats of Black Holes
If Black Holes are black, and space is black, how do astronomers study black holes? This is the question that first caught my interest into the amazing and fascinating world of astrophysics, and the reason why I have spent the last 10 years of my life studying Black Holes. During this talk, I will walk you through the various methods used by astronomers to study black holes. I will explain what we already know about them and what we are doing to find out more about them. My main focus will be the discovery of two particuarly amazing black holes in our own galaxy, from which we can hear, measure and study their heartbeats.
At 6 pm and 7 pm - Dr Caitriona Jackman - Saturn & Cassini - LTB
The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the biggest and most successful interplanetary spacecraft ever launched. Cassini is currently in orbit around Saturn, and Huygens landed on Saturn’s methane-rich, lake-filled moon Titan in 2005. I will show some of the highlights from the Cassini mission, including the plumes of water vapour from the moon Enceladus, and the beautiful and ever-changing aurora. I will also show the latest “pale blue dot” image, where Cassini’s camera turned back towards the Sun to take a spectacular image of Saturn with its rings backlit by the Sun, and the Earth a tiny blue dot in the background.
Tickets are required for these talks- please get your tickets on this event brite website.
Astrophotography Talk - LTC
These 45 min talks (with 15 mins for questions) will be given by Dr James West, Executive Director of the South East Physics Network.
There will be 2 sessions each an hour long at 6pm and 8pm.
Basic Astrophotography with a Digital SLR:
This talk is an introduction to using affordable consumer digital SLRs for astrophotography. It will cover the type of equipment to use, how to set it up and what astronomical phenomena, events and sights can be photographed. Examples of constellations, meteors, satellites, the Moon, Sun and planets will be shown. The final part will discuss using simple guiding for long exposures for comets, deep sky objects and eclipses.
Intermediate Astrophotography with a telescope, DSLR and webcam
This talk is aimed at those already using DSLRs and webcams for simple astronomical photography but want to advance to using with telescopes for more detailed photographs and fainter objects. The talk will cover use of prime focus photography, eyepiece projection, planetary, solar and lunar imaging with a webcam, deep sky objects, software for image capture and processing and an introduction to autoguiding.
James will bring along his equipment, including his new Canon 70D and people are welcome to stay behind at the end of the talk and look at this equipment and talk with him about it but there is no formal workshop attached to this talk. However, there will be an oppurtunity to have an informal workshop upstairs on the 5th floor in the seminar room with Dr Tony Bird and PhD Student Nick Higginbottom.
This TALK will be held in Lecture Theatre C on the 1st floor of the Physics Building.
Tickets are required for this Talk- Please book on this webpage.
Adverse Weather Conditions
In the event of Rain or extreme weather conditions access to the Roof Observatories will be prohibited. Even if you have a ticket. Don't worry there will be plenty of activities for young and old in the department which can be done inside. Other activities include talks from Academics, Astrophotography demos, World wide telescope demos, Inflatable planets and Moon phases activities, colouring in, 'Ask the Astronomer' etc. These activities do not require a ticket.
Tickets are NOT required for any of the following activities :
Astrophotography Informal workshops - in seminar room 5th floor
Dr Tony Bird and Astronomer Nick Higginbottom and Lawrence Dunn will be running informal astrophotography workshops in the seminar room on the 5th floor. Just go and speak to them, there are no alloted times for this workshop. Nick, Lawrence and Tony will have their cameras and will be happy to offer you any advice and show you how they created various photos.
Ask the Astronomer Stand - seminar room
This stand will be manned by PhD and Postdoc students who are doing astronomy research at the Department so please do ask them lots of questions.
Astronautics Research Group Actitvites - 3rd floor
Astronautics Research Group stand will be present at the event to represent the 'engineering' side of stargazing, demonstrating some of the University's research and teaching in spacecraft systems engineering.
We'll have interactive computer games, spacecraft test models, space activity packs and even examples of the damage space debris can do to household objects!
Location: On the landing the 3rd floor and in the first year labs (also on the 3rd floor).
Activities in Foyer for young children
Moon Phases activity - TR4- room off the foyer - 2 sessions- 6 & 7pm - Astronomer Poppy Martin
Play Doh & Till Roll Solar System- TR4-3 sessions - 5.30 & 6.30 & 7.30pm - Astronomer Sam Connolly
Inflatable planets in foyer - 2 sessions - 6.30 & 7.30pm - Astronomers Aaran Shaw, Rob Firth and James Matthews
World wide Telescope Tutorials- seminar room
A PhD Astrophysics student will be giving a 30 minute tutorial on the Microsoft World Wide Telescope software. This tutorial will happen 3 times throughout the evening. Look out for them next to the flat screen in the seminar room.
The Astronomy Know How Stand - Ninian Boyle
Visit the Astronomy Know How Stand, where you can meet Ninian Boyle an active
amateur astronomer and writer on the subject. Apart from running Astronomy
Know How which is a small business aimed at helping people get the best out
of their hobby, Ninian is a contributor to various magazines on astronomy,
including the Sky at Night Magazine, Astronomy Now and All About Space.
Ninian also produces a FREE monthly Newsletter via email which you can
subscribe to by visiting www.astronomyknowhow.com and putting your details
into the box on the screen.
Ninian is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the British
Astronomical Association. He pops up occasionally on BBC local radio and has
made appearances on the BBC Sky at Night programme with the late Sir Patrick
Moore. He's even had his own programme on Sky Television! His website offers
loads of useful free information and also online courses and eBooks on the
subjects of astronomy and telescopes.
You can find out more when you go and speak to Ninian on his stand in the Physics foyer.
Southampton Astronomical Society (SAS)
The SAS, our local astronomical society, will be set up in the foyer. They will have their telescopes with them and will be happy to answer any questions you have about astronomy or joining a local society.
There is free parking available in the car park at the back of the Physics and Astronomy department, which is Building 46 on the University Map from 5pm.
There is also free spaces on the street from 5pm onwards on Chamberlain Road and nearby streets by The Crown Inn pub.
If you put Chamberlain Road, SO17 1PQ into your Sat Navs this should get you to the car park.
The University postcode is SO17 1BJ but this postcode should not be used to get you to the Physics department specifically.
There is disabled access to the 5th floor via the lift. And wheelchairs can enter the astrodome and see a planetarium show. Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the roof observatory tours but you will be able to look through the telescopes in the foyer.
There is NO WAITING LIST !!!!- Sorry- If tickets get cancelled they will become available on this site so keep checking it...
There will be loads of other activities to get involved in that do not require tickets...so please do come along even if you don't have a ticket.
When & Where
Dr Sadie Jones @ University of Southampton
I am the Outreach Leader in Astronomy if you have any questions about our evening event please do email me :)