Institute of Astronomy

Open Afternoon 2011

Saturday 26th March, 2:30 - 6:30pm

The Institute of Astronomy will be opening up its doors to the public for an afternoon of activities, talks, displays and demonstrations.

There will be a selection of talks in the Sackler lecture theatre There will be an exhibition in the library all about Spectra from the stars. This will feature the pioneering work in stellar spectroscopy by Sir William and Lady Huggins, and will include some of their original equipment, signed offprints of their papers, portraits and photographs We're delighted to announce that some of our good friends will be dropping in again...
Come and visit the historical telescopes on site There will be some creative activities for children outside in our craft marquee We will have a number of displays and demonstrations all about Astronomy for you to investigate
There will also be lots of different kinds of meteorites to look at To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry we'll be looking at how we use spectra and colours in Astronomy to learn about cosmic objects You can come and meet some of the Astropod crew
We will have samples of the moon dust returned by the Apollo missions for you to examine If that's all too much, you can rest your feet and enjoy some refreshments from the Starlite Cafe... ...and then continue with public observing in the evening, if (and only if!) the weather is clear


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