School of Physics and Astronomy

Physics Outreach draws in the crowds at largest ever Stargazing Live event

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Queen Mary stand has 1000 visitors at BBC flagship regional event
An estimated 1000 visitors flocked to Queen Mary’s inspirational Lego Universe stand at the BBC’s flagship Stargazing Live, last Thursday.  Members of the public were led through a whistle-stop tour of the early universe by enthusiastic undergraduate Physics Ambassadors with the help of LEGO quarks and electrons, before helping to build a colourful two metre-wide LEGO spiral galaxy.
Professors Carl Murray, David Burgess and Richard Nelson were joined by Dr Lucie Green who hosted a discussion on exploring solar systems.  This lively session covered aspects of exploration of our own solar system as well as those on others within our galaxy.  This session was well attended, with an estimated audience of 250 visitors.
The event, which was reported as the largest of any of the BBC Stargazing Live events saw thousands of visitors take part in a huge variety of Astronomy related activities and talks at Royal Holloway, University of London’s campus in Egham, Surrey.  Visitors to a separate smaller Outreach event at Queen Mary’s own campus last week were wowed by real-time views of Saturn and it’s moons as well as fantastic research based talks courtesy of Professor Steve Thomas, Professor Richard Nelson, Dr David Mulryne and Professor Carl Murray.