26 February 2018

The Physics department joined forces with the Abingdon Science Partnership's GCSE Astronomy group for a Telescope Open Evening at the University of Oxford. The skies were clear and the 20 pupils were able to view the Moon, the Pleiades star cluster, the white dwarf star Sirius and the planet Uranus. They also learned about the structure of the universe and how to use spectroscopy to find out about the composition of stars, galaxies and the atmospheres of exo-planets. It was a very enjoyable evening, presented in a friendly and very informative manner by the team of post-graduate and post-doctoral engineers and astrophysicists running the visit.

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