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Stargazing Live 2011

Star Gazing, 2011

The main focus of the evening was a lecture entitled ‘An Introduction to Astronomy and the Night Sky’ by Dr David Jenkins from York University Department of Physics and Astronomy which took place at 7.00 pm in the Shepherd Hall.

There was also the opportunity to look inside an inflatable Planetarium Dome, which can show movies and star chart projections. York University Physics Department displayed some hands-on experiments and things to do and there was the opportunity to partake in a range of other activities.

After the lecture there was the chance to look through telescopes owned and brought along by York Astronomical Society. Guests were invited to bring along their own telescopes and help was available to use them.

Everyone wrapped up warm with warm clothes, including hats, gloves and warm footwear.

The BBC  hope that by working together, they  will be able to inspire thousands of people to study and photograph the skies for the first time and raise the profile of British astronomy.

BBC Show

In the TV programmes Professor Brian Cox will be joined by Dara O’Briain as the pair look to the skies to bring the wonders of the stars into our living rooms. In addition, Liz Bonnin will be reporting from Hawaii and astronomer Mark Thompson will be carrying out live observations. "The night sky is one of nature’s most incredible treasures so it’s fantastic that there are going to be Stargazing LIVE events up and down the country to give the public a chance to try their hand at stargazing,” says Mark Thompson, astronomer. “And although a star filled sky can be daunting to many people taking their first steps around the sky, the Star Guide is an invaluable tool and will soon help newcomers to pick out some of the incredible sights of the Universe". Brian is asking stargazers of all levels to share their photographs of the night sky, with the best showcased during the live shows in January. Whether the pictures are of the moon or the planets, galaxies or nebulae, comets or meteors, the Stargazing LIVE team would love to see them. You can upload your images and download a comprehensive starter guide to the night sky by visiting

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