Simon Goodwin, Stargazing Evening

St Peter's School

Simon Goodwin, Stargazing Evening

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The ever popular Stargazing Live event returned to St Peter’s School, York, last night for the 10th time.

Almost 400 people attended the event to explore the wonders of the Universe, with hands-on experiments, a Planetarium Dome and the opportunity to look through telescopes with York Astronomical Society.

Simon Goodwin, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Sheffield University, delivered a fascinating lecture at 7.30pm, encouraging the audience to consider the possibility of alien life in space. Simon explained how we have now discovered over 4,000 planets around the stars and will have the technology to look for alien life on some of these planets within the next few years.

Simon Goodwin said: ‘We don’t know what we are looking for but it is likely that alien life forms will be beyond human conception. They will look drastically different from the aliens we see in the movies!’

Andy Parr, Head of Science Outreach at St Peter’s School, said: ‘It was wonderful to welcome so many people to St Peter’s School once again for our Stargazing evening. We were fortunate enough to have reasonably clear skies with good stargazing conditions for our visitors, who were able to spot the Pleiades cluster, Venus and some interesting Lunar features.’

The event, organised in conjunction with York University Physics Department and York Astronomical Society, is one of a number of science lectures hosted by St Peter’s School throughout the year.