Exploring The Dynamic Universe with Professor Andy Newsam

Saturday 15th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Castle Howard Estate

Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA


Join Professor Andy Newsam on the evening of Saturday 15th February as part of the 2020 Dark Skies Festival, organised by the North York Moors National Park.

Andy is Professor of Astronomy Education at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of the National Schools' Observatory. His work combines research, education and sharing astronomy with the public, and is never happier than when playing with giant telescopes.

The Universe is a dynamic, ever-changing place full of extremes - from Black Holes to asteroids, massive exploding stars to elusive distant planets. Recent developments in robotic technology have allowed astronomers to build high-tech telescopes that allow them to observe changes in the universe on timescales from seconds to years, all without leaving comfort of their homes or offices. So, how are astronomers using these new try explore the universe? And how can you help?

Your ticket includes access to the event, and also a drink upon arrival. Note that this event does not feature any practical astronomy / stargazing.

This event takes place as part of the National Parks Dark Sky Festival 2020 which runs from 14th February to 1st March.

- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.

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This event is being organised by North York Moors National Park who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!


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Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

Location darkness on Saturday 15th February 2020

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