Upcoming Events in Manchester

If you’ve ever wanted to get up  close and personal with meteorites or rocks from the moon, now is your chance to do so.

We are going to be involved with a few public events at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester in the coming weeks, where visitors will have a chance to see pieces of the moon collected by the Apollo astronauts along with various meteorites. And if you have any questions about the solar system there will be plenty of scientists, from PhD students to professors, on hand to answer your questions. With something for all ages, we hope lots of people will join us for these events.

Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival runs from the 22nd to the 30th October, half term week for most schools in the area. There are numerous events taking part at different locations in and around Manchester throughout the week.

Amazing Astronomy

Join us at the Amazing Astronomy event at MOSI on Friday 28th October (10:30am – 3:30pm) for a whole day of extraterrestrial fun for all the family. There will be planetarium shows, fun hands-on activities, space knitting, meteorites, moon rocks, and a whole lot more. It promises to be out of this world!

Out of this World: A Spacetacular Manchester Adventure

Later on Friday 28th October  why not embark on an epic journey into the depths of the universe at the Out of this World: A Spacetacular Manchester Adventure (from 6pm, event starts 7:30pm). Learn more about the cutting edge science of space with local scientists and museum presenters, through space comedy, space cocktails (Yum!) and space craft.

The Spacetacular (presented by BBC Radio 4’s Helen Keen and local space scientists)  is billed as being “quite possibly the first stand-up comedy/science/fancy dress/variety/quiz show entirely themed around outer space”!

Please note that this event is for adults over the age of 18 only, and that advance booking is recommended.

Meet the… Cosmochemists

As part of MOSI’s regular Meet the… program, there’s an opportunity to Meet the Cosmochemists on Saturday 5th November (10:30am – 3:30pm). Another full day packed with meteorites, moon rocks and fun hands-on activities for all the family. You’ll also have  a chance to meet and talk to the scientist who spend their days studying these amazing samples to try to unravel the secrets of our solar system.

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About Sarah Crowther

I'm a Post Doc in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. I study xenon isotope ratios using the RELAX mass spectrometer, to try to learn more about the origins and evolution of our solar system. I look at a wide range of samples from solar wind returned by NASA's Genesis mission to zircons (some of the oldest known terrestrial rocks), from meteorites to presolar grains.
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