Starry events

Programme Name: Stargazing Live - TX: 16/01/2012 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: Presenters Prof Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain Professor Brian Cox, Dara O'Briain - (C) BBC - Photographer: Pete Dadds/Andrew Hayes-Watkins
Programme Name: Stargazing Live - TX: 16/01/2012 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: Presenters Prof Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain Professor Brian Cox, Dara O'Briain - (C) BBC - Photographer: Pete Dadds/Andrew Hayes-Watkins

A HOST of stargazing activities take place at the Rosse Observatory at Carleton Grange Community Centre next week as West Yorkshire Astronomical Society joins in the BBC Stargazing Live event.

Stargazing Live is broadcast every night from Tuesday January 8 to Thursday January 10, with hosts Prof Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain.

Among the attractions will be a mobile planetarium from Space Inspired on Tuesday night, and every night there will be hands-on physics experiments, the chance to use the observatory telescopes, along with talks and trade stands.

There will be three shows in the mobile planetarium in the main ballroom on Tuesday night, with 30 tickets available for each show, while there are plans to launch rockets on Wednesday.

Each night, if the skies are clear, there will be a conducted tour of the night sky with planispheres, and the observatory’s five telescopes will be available for visitors to use, including a low-mounted telescope for wheelchair users and children.

There will also be examples of astro-photography by WYAS members on display, and hot food and drinks available.

Stargazing Live follows a different theme each evening, with Mars the focus on January 8, the history of the universe on January 9 and asteroids and comets on January 10.

Admission is £3 per adult, children free, although they must be accompanied. The entrance fee includes a resource pack and events run from 6pm to 10pm each night. Visit www.wyas.org.uk for more information.