University of Birmingham Space Day!

Forty two. That was the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything proposed by Deep Thought in Douglas Adams’ book the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But how much of the ultimate answer does the Universe actually contribute?
Whilst astronomers at the University of Birmingham are likely unable to find the answer to that question, at their upcoming event, Space Day, they hope to be able to answer many other more day-to-day questions, such as how does a telescope work? What can I look at in the sky tonight? How did NASA get their rovers on Mars safely?
This event, aimed at all ages of the general public, will feature talks by researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy, including Dr William Chaplin on the “Music of the Sun” and Dr Somak Raychaudhury on “Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy – Black Holes, Cosmic Illusions and Dark Energy”, as well as interactive workshops which tackle telescope making, air rocket creation and launching, and even making Mars rovers out of little more than cardboard and sellotape! Other activities such as a tour of the night sky in a mobile planetarium, a tour of the department’s astronomical and space laboratory facilities, a chance to see how many cosmic rays pass through you every second and a raffle are planned for the day.
Space Day is currently planned to run from 10:00 am to 5:15 pm on Saturday 4th of October 2008. Entrance and all activities are free, but due to limits on numbers certain workshops will be on a first-come-first served basis.
We hope to see you there! More info at [http://www.talkandtelescope.org.uk/spaceday]

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