Amazing Astronomy & Spacetacular

The Earth and Solar System team

Yesterday we spent the day at Amazing Astronomy and Spacetacular, both part of Manchester Science Festival, at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). We were joined by other scientists, including some from BBC 2’s Stargazing Live and Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics, as part of a day packed with hand-on activities for all.

We had a selection of meteorites and moon rocks on show, which proved to be a big hit with visitors.

Amazing Astronomy, during the daytime, had activities for the whole family. Children guessed the ages of the meteorites to be between 15 and 800 years old, with some even guessing that their parents were older than the meteorites! They are actually about 4.5 billion years old, a lot older than mummy and daddy! One young girl asked if she’d grow up to be as old as that – if she eats all her veggies, who knows what might happen!

Wow, a meteorite!

Daddy, look at this!

Spacetacular, in the evening, was for an older audience. Adults had the opportunity to visit the exhibits before seeing “quite possibly the first stand-up comedy/science/fancy dress/variety/quiz show entirely themed around outer space”. Really getting into the spirit of things, aliens and astronauts enjoyed a great evening out together. For unusual uses of silver foil and glitter have a look at the photos on Manchester Science Festival’s Facebook page

If you missed us yesterday, or enjoyed it so much you want to learn more, we’ll be back at MOSI next Saturday (5th November) for Meet the Scientists.

There are more photos on our Facebook page.

Making craters (and lots of mess!) with astronomers from Jodrell Bank

BBC 2's Stargazing Live

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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