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'We the Curious' - Is there anybody out there?

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We The Curious

Anchor Road

Harbourside

Bristol

BS1 5DB

United Kingdom

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We The Curious is a cultural venue in the heart of historic Bristol, offering exciting and stimulating experiences based around science and the arts. U3A members are invited to enjoy a day out with a difference. Every day another ‘earth-like’ planet is discovered somewhere in the universe. But how do we detect these ‘exoplanets’, could they support life and what might that life look like anyway? This exciting day starts with a 3D show in our incredible, full-dome Planetarium and in-between features three hands-on workshops. Each examines an aspect of the search for new life forms, giving visitors an opportunity to identify a mystery animal using DNA fingerprinting; determine the atmosphere of distant planets using spectroscopy and find far-away solar systems with the transit photometry technique. An enjoyable and fascinating introduction to some contemporary science, and with no previous or specialist experience required!


The day will include welcome refreshments, 3D Planetarium Show, three workshops and full admission to the venue with two floors of exhibits.


Planetarium Show: Life in the Universe
An amazing 3D, narrated tour of our celestial neighbours – both within and beyond our own
solar system.

Workshop: Finding Exoplanets
Planets orbiting distant stars are too small to see through even the biggest telescopes, so
how do we know they are there? So far, most exoplanets have been detected using transit
photometry, where a drop in the brightness of a star hints that a planet may be passing in
front of it. Here we recreate this method and, using model planetary systems, calculate the
number and size of planets orbiting some real stars.

Workshop: Planets fit for life
Understanding what life is and what it needs can help us know where to look for it in the
cosmos but once we have found a planet, how can we tell what its atmosphere is made of
and whether it will support life? Analysing the starlight that passes through a planet’s
atmosphere can reveal its composition. Using the technique of spectroscopy, we observe
different light sources and analyse data to determine the suitability of newly discovered
planets.

Workshop: New Life on Earth
Even on Earth, confirming the existence of new species can be challenging. In this workshop
we weigh a variety of evidence for Bigfoot – a large bipedal ape some claim to be living in
the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Photographic images, eyewitness testimony, tracks and
hair analysis are considered before using gel electrophoresis to carry out DNA fingerprinting
on samples.

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We The Curious

Anchor Road

Harbourside

Bristol

BS1 5DB

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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