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4 February 2021
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The IOP Wales Physics Forum on 4 February 5.30pm-8pm.

Want to run your own stargazing event in schools – join us for a beginner’s guide to what you can see in the night sky at this time of year

This workshop will take place online, you will receive joining online instructions 24 hours before the event. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

The event is aimed at teachers and educators and we will be focusing on resources and providing you with ideas about how you could run your own virtual event with pupils or groups of young people – all resources will be shared with those who attend.

The night sky is an amazing sight that is free for everyone to enjoy. Do you know what to look for when you look up at a starry sky – do you know where to start?

Do you know your constellations from your planets? Or perhaps you have always wondered what exactly a modern astronomer does as a day to day job?

Join us form the comfort of your own home on a virtual sky at night tour with opportunities to head outside during the session (weather permitting) as well as engaging in numerous space themed activities that could be done at home.

No experience of stargazing is needed, and there will be a chance to ask questions during the workshop.

We will use a freely available programme called Stellarium, which can be found here; Stellarium.org. Content featured will be as seen from northern hemisphere skies (UK).

Time Topic
17.30 Introduction: observing the night sky
17.45 Intro to Stellarium
18.00 Star patterns in Feb/March – Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades
18.15 Other things to look for – satellites, ISS, Starlink and meteor showers
18.30 Break – go outside and see ISS and Starlink satellites if weather is good!
19.00 Questions re: observations and brief introduction for new arrivals – observing the night sky
19.10 Observing the sky with robotic telescopes
19.15 Earth rotation and the apparent movement of stars
19.30 Free classroom resources
19.45 Q+A, feedback/evaluation
20.00 End

Booking is essential, a link will be sent prior to the event.

We hope to see you there.
IOP Coaches, Wales



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