St Peter's School

Stargazing Live 2013

Chris Lintott and Dave Morris, 2013

Pictured (l-r): Our Head of Physics David Morris, with Chris Lintott of the Sky at Night

Although there was fairly thick cloud cover, it was still a starry night at St Peter’s for our annual Stargazing Live event.

Dr Chris Lintott, co-presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night, delivered a fantastic lecture at our Stargazing Live Party event which was held at St Olave’s on the 11th January 2013.

Dr Lintott not only features as co-presenter of the late Patrick Moore’s long running BBC series, but also co-authored the book Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist Brian May. He is also a reader in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.

Dr Lintott talked about ’mass participation’ scientific experiments in astronomy, such as investigating galaxy formations and discovering planets, in a lecture entitled “What can 700,000 people tell us about the Universe?”

The event complemented the BBC Stargazing event in the Museum Gardens the night before, providing an additional opportunity for York residents to explore the stars.

In addition to the lecture by Dr Lintott, there was a large range of exhibits on show. The Queen Anne Dining room was transformed into an exhibition hall, which featured scientific experiments, demonstrations of physics concepts, and a chance to get hands on with astronomical equipment.

Cloud Chamber, 2013

Pupils checking out our new cloud chamber, which shows ionizing radiation.

In different parts of the School, there was also a University of York planetarium and an array of powerful telescopes pointed at the sky, which were open to all after the lecture.

Around 350 York residents attended the sold out lecture.

The event was organised by St Peter’s School, in conjunction with York University Physics Department and York Astronomical Society.