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Discover 'Your Universe' (RAS PN 09/52)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 14:45
Published on Monday, 17 August 2009 00:00
As part of International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009), University College London (UCL) is running a series of family events from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August.

'Your Universe' includes exhibitions and lectures aimed at anyone from 8-80+ years old who wants to find out more about our amazing Universe, from our planetary neighbours to alien solar systems and the Big Bang.

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY 2009 PRESS RELEASE
DISCOVER ‘YOUR UNIVERSE’
Date: 17th August 2009
Ref: RAS PN 09/52
For Immediate Release

Forwarded from University College London by:
Dr Robert Massey
Press and Policy Officer
Royal Astronomical Society
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DISCOVER ‘YOUR UNIVERSE’ AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (RAS PN 09/52)

University College London (UCL) is celebrating International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) with a series of family events from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August at the UCL Bloomsbury Campus in central London.

'Your Universe' includes exhibitions and lectures aimed at anyone from 8-80+ years old who wants to find out more about our amazing Universe, from our planetary neighbours to alien solar systems and the Big Bang.  Entry is free of charge.

Exhibitions and demonstrations will be held in UCL's North Cloisters, Old Refectory and beautiful courtyard (weather permitting).  Activities include building the Universe, a scale model of the inner Solar System, viewing the Sun in 3-D and looking for solar flares and sunspots through solar telescopes. Visitors will be able to hold rocks in their hand older than the Earth and talk to UCL's young scientists who are studying newly discovered planets around distant stars. UCL's world class team of astronomers will be discussing some of the biggest challenges facing astronomy in a series of lectures.  Themes include the search for life (and extra-terrestrial unintelligence!), plans for humans to return to the Moon and explore Mars, and the search to identify mysterious dark energy.

All lectures are aimed at general public and family audiences with no prior knowledge of astronomy, and will take place in the grand Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre.

All events are free of charge.

For more details and a full schedule of talks, please visit:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/youruniverse/

CONTACT

Dr Francisco Diego
University College London
Dept Physics and Astronomy
WC1E 6BT
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NOTES FOR EDITORS

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY 2009 (IYA 2009)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. It is intended to stimulate worldwide interest not only in astronomy, but in science in general, with a particular slant towards young people. IYA 2009 will mark the 400th anniversary of the monumental leap forward that followed Galileo Galilei’s first use of the telescope for astronomical observations. In the UK the chair of IYA2009 is Professor Ian Robson, director of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, and the co-ordinator for IYA 2009 activities is Steve Owens, also a UKATC employee. UK IYA 2009 activities are jointly funded by the Royal Astronomical Society (www.ras.org.uk), the Institute of Physics (www.iop.org) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (www.stfc.ac.uk).

IYA 2009: UK home page
http://www.astronomy2009.co.uk