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Stargazing Live 2017: The Beauty and Science of Nebulae

Stargazing Live 2017: The Beauty and Science of Nebulae

St Peter’s School's annual Stargazing Live event will be held on Friday 13 January 2017 from 5.30pm onwards in the Queen Anne Dining Room and Shepherd Hall at St Olave’s School.

The evening will constitute an Astronomy/Physics exhibition (including mobile planetarium), exhibitors, telescope retailers and some hands-on activities. There will be a range of telescopes to examine, courtesy of York Astronomical Society, on the St Olave’s Campus also from 5.30 pm onwards. Anyone is able to visit the exhibition - tickets are not required for this.

This will be followed by a lecture at 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall at St Peter's School, entitled ‘The Beauty and Science of Nebulae’. You will require a free ticket for admission to this lecture - details below. The exhibition, including the telescopes, will still be in place during the lecture, with the event finishing around 9.30pm.

Food will be available for purchase on the evening, with some free refreshments, and we advise that you wear plenty of warm clothing. Please note that there is no visitor parking on the St Olave’s campus.

The Beauty and Science of Nebulae

This talk is about interstellar space - not truly a vacuum devoid of matter, but inhabited by vast thin clouds of gas and dust that appear as glorious and complex structures. We showcase some of the most spectacular images of these ‘nebulae’, including many taken with the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. We shall look at them with new eyes, dissecting the pictures and learning how to ‘read’ what they tell us about the turbulent story of the birth and death of stars. Indeed, revealing the science behind the beauty. 

Tickets for the lecture are free and are available on our Eventbrite page. If you have any enquiries or accessibility requirements please telephone us on 01904 527315 or email

Please either print off your ticket or display it to us on your smartphone or tablet on the evening.

About the speaker

Carolin Crawford
Carolin Crawford is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, and Admissions Tutor, College Lecturer and Fellow of Emmanuel College. She is an observational astronomer with many years of active research experience, carried out alongside – and later eclipsed by – a growing role in the public communication of science. This was recognised by Carolin's appointment as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College 2011 - 2015, and she can often be found discussing astronomical matters with a variety of audiences, including on both national and local radio.