Virtual Stargazing Family Activity Day

Virtual Stargazing Family Activity Day

  • 29 January 2022
  • 10:00 - 15:30
  • FREE
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Join members of the Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a day of family-friendly talks and activities

Curious about how big our Solar System actually is? Want to know how sailors navigated in the age of sail? Got a question about space that you've always wanted to ask? We've got an exciting programme of talks and activities lined up in this Virtual Stargazing Family Fun Day - details of the individual sessions are below.

All sessions will take place online on YouTube, with the link being emailed to registered attendees 48 hours before the event. If you register within 48 hours of the event then the link will be emailed to you 1 hour before the start time.

If you have any accessibility requirements to assist your viewing of these sessions (e.g. closed captioning, screen readable digital copies of slides in advance) please contact us so we can discuss this with you further.

10.00 - 11.00 The Scale of the Solar System

Ever wondered how far apart the planets really are? In this session you’ll learn how to make your very own scale model of our solar system using nothing more than a marker and a roll of toilet paper!

Equipment required: computer/tablet/smartphone with internet connection, roll of toilet paper at least 28 squares long, marker or felt tipped pen.

Recommended for ages 7+.

13.00 - 14:00 National Museum of the Royal Navy Activity Session

Join the National Museum of the Royal Navy for a fun, interactive activity session for all ages. Learn how stars have helped sailors to navigate for thousands of years; help solve the mystery of longitude at sea; and have a go at making your very own quadrant! With storytelling, craft and so much more, there’s something for everyone.

Equipment required: Please note, to make your own quadrant, please print or copy out the pdf found on the Virtual Pompey Stargazing 2022 page, and have scissors, string/ribbon and either a bead/washer/something light to tie on the string before the session.

Recommended for ages 7+.

15.00 - 16.00 Ask us about astronomy!

What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Which planet is the hottest? How did sailors use the stars to navigate before computers and GPS? Put your questions about space and astronomy to our panel of astronomers from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and staff from the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Questions can be submitted in advance using a form that will be sent to attendees upon registration, or there will be the opportunity to submit questions during the event itself using the chat function on the live stream

Recommended for ages 7+.

About Virtual Pompey Stargazing 2022

This event is part of Virtual Pompey Stargazing 2022, a four day programme of online astronomy events and activities organised by the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, in collaboration with the National Museum of the Royal Navy. For more information, visit the Virtual Pompey Stargazing 2022 page on the University of Portsmouth website.


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