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Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard took place on 10th January 2013. There is a write up on the University of Portsmouth website and there was an article in the Portsmouth News. Photos from the event are available on the ICG facebook page. The description of the event is below, we hope to run a similar event in the near future.


An evening of stargazing, space activities, public lectures and cosmology chat at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, exploring Maps and Navigation Across Space and Time. Learn about how the Universe began, explore the scale of our Solar System, find out how we navigated the seas before modern technology and look through telescopes on the deck of HMS Warrior 1860 (weather permitting). There will be plenty of activities for all ages, regardless of the weather, but please wrap up warm if you plan to spend time on deck. This event is free but tickets must be booked in advance (details at the bottom of the page) and time on board HMS Warrior 1860 is limited to the two hours stated on the ticket due to limited capacity. Please note that the name of each attendee is required for access to the Historic Dockyard.

Three public lectures are also on offer throughout the evening (suitable for 11+). Tickets for these lectures are free but places must be booked in advance, this can be done on eventbrite once an entry time has been selected. Each lecture will last for about 30 minutes including questions, details of the lectures are as follows:

The Role of Amateurs in Astronomy Today 5pm, 7pm
Graham Bryant FRAS, Hampshire Astronomical Group

Astronomy is one of the few sciences where the amateur can make a real contribution to scientific knowledge. In this illustrated talk, Graham Bryant will outline some of the work that amateurs undertake and their contribution to the furtherance of scientific knowledge.

Historical Navigation
5.40pm: Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust

The Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, Rear Admiral John Lippiett, will give an illustrated talk showing the rapid evolvement of maritime successes during the 15th and 16th centuries - a time when there was a rapid expansion of European maritime exploits and a better understanding of the shape of the world leading to more recognizable maps.

7.40pm: Commander Alastair Wilson

Learn about how to use the Sun, Moon and stars for navigation using the tools typically used by navigators in the 1860s.

Mapping the Universe 6.20pm, 8.20pm
Dr David Bacon, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (University of Portsmouth)

With the most powerful telescopes ever built, cosmologists are now mapping out the observable Universe - and finding it to be a dramatic, strange place. In this talk, Dr David Bacon will show the latest maps of the Universe and discuss what they mean.

This BBC Stargazing LIVE 2013 Partner event is a collaboration between the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose Trust Education Teams, the Hampshire Astronomical Group, Physics Ambassadors from Portsmouth Grammar School, the Portsmouth Undergraduate Physics Society and the Hampshire Branch of the British Science Association.

Time: 4-9pm, Thursday 10th January 2013.
Location: HMS Warrior 1860 and Mary Rose Story in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Booking: Free tickets. Essential to book in advance. Tickets are sold out at http://stargazingportsmouth2013.eventbrite.co.uk/, but please add yourself to the waitlist as we are still processing cancellations.
Further details: Please contact Dr Jen Gupta, Outreach Officer for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, if you required further details about the event on jennifer.gupta [at] port.ac.uk or 023 9284 5157.

Stargazing Live at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard poster