A Night at Tatton Park with Stargazing Live!

Hello Readers! Last week heralded the latest three programs of the BBC Stargazing Live TV show. New to this series were a variety of events run in tandem with the shows across the UK. We had the privilege of taking part in one of these events on Thursday.

Those of you that follow our Twitter feed will already know that the event last Thursday was at Tatton Park. Much of what we presented was similar to the Meteorite Day event we ran a few months ago. So, instead of repeating what was written in that article I thought I’d explain a few of the other things that other groups were presenting throughout the night.

The event kicked off in spectacular style - just look at that crowd!

The event kicked off in spectacular style – just look at that crowd!

I was in the first group to arrive at the event location and let me tell you, Tatton Park did not disappoint! The marquee was a perfect venue for a night of learning about the stars. With LED lights lining the roof, it was like presenting under a perfectly clear and starry sky whilst staying warm and dry! (Which on a night like Thursday, was definitely needed!)

A group from STFC were there showing cosmic ray interactions going on all around us all the time, only using the sorts of things most people have round the house! (Ok, well… maybe not only). A few of us had the fortune of getting across to their stall before the event actually started for a pre-show demonstration! Annoyingly, we were called away just as the experiment got going so we didn’t get to see much- Maybe next time we’re all at an event together we’ll get to see it!

Niel Williams on BBC Radio Manchester talking about telescopes or microscopes, we're not sure which!

Niel Williams on BBC Radio Manchester talking about telescopes or microscopes, we’re not sure which!

Several Question and Answer sessions were run through the night, with the public posing perplexing questions to a panel of experts. The outcome was a very entertaining discussion with some questions that the experts didn’t seem to expect! It was a struggle but all of us managed to resist the temptation of heckling the panellist from our research group, “Professor Jamie”. Although I did have to hold back Natalie when the compère suggested the Apollo landings may have been faked!

We would like, as a group, to extend our thanks to the BBC crew and Tatton Park for their work towards making this event a resounding success. It gave us a great opportunity to show you, the public, a wide range of fun and exciting ways to learn about planetary science! We hope that anyone who attended the event had as much fun learning about meteorites, comets and asteroids at our stall as we did presenting it all!

Turns out we were doing the same experiment as the Stargazing Live crew on the TV show!

Turns out we were doing the same experiment as the Stargazing Live crew on the TV show!

The return of the flour! Just one of the many things we had at the event (fortunately they weren't too fussed about the floor!)

The return of the flour! Just one of the many things we had at the event (fortunately they weren’t too fussed about the floor!)

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About Mark Nottingham

Mark is a PhD student in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group at UoM. Primarily working on the RIMSKI and RELAX noble gas instruments.
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