Date(s) - 09/05/2016
4:00 pm - 7:45 pm
- Event Age 07-11
- Event Age 11-13
- Event Age 14-16
- Event Age 16-18
- Event Age Adult
- Event Age Open
- Event Subject Science
- Public Event
Organised by Admin
Science event taking place at The Open University on the 9th May. On that day the planet Mercury will transit between the sun and the Earth allowing it to be viewed using special solar telescopes and projectors.
To celebrate space science, The Open University are holding a free science festival at their Milton Keynes Campus which will be open to the public from 16:00 and will continue until the end of the transit at 19:42.
The event offers an opportunity to meet and speak to planetary scientists, hear talks about on-going space research and to view the planet Mercury through telescopes and live feeds from a series of satellites. Science made simple will also be at the festival with a 3D space show and interactive, hands on workshops suitable for all ages (including adults). The 3D space show will take place at the start of the festival (around 16:15) but the workshops will be taking place all evening allowing visitors to drop in and out as they wish.
“The Open University will be hosting a Mercury Transit Festival, giving members of the public an opportunity to view and find out more about the transit of Mercury alongside lots of science and space related activities. Open to all ages
Some of the activities include:
Virtual reality workshop – “Have you ever wondered what it would look if you were watching the Mercury transit in space? Using Virtual Reality headsets, we will show you incredible models of our Solar System and allow you to watch the Mercury transit as if you flying around the Sun.”
Physics of music workshop – “In space, no-one can hear you scream. Find out why this is in this hands on musical workshop where you will discover what sound is, how our ears pick up sound and how we turn noise into music.”
3D Space show – Into the Unknown – “Explore the most extreme environments in the Universe and the challenges mankind has faced in discovering what is beyond our home planet.”
There will also be talks on Mercury and the BepiColombo space mission.”
Register your interest here along with a place to register your interest.
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