Some public star stuff

For all those hoping to attend a lecture by Professor Brian Cox (who tweets here), the next best thing has arrived – a webcast of a lecture by Professor Brian Cox as part of the Star Lectures series.

From 1.30pm – 2.30pm on Monday 28th of June, he will be giving a lecture on the Big Bang aimed at GCSE/Key Stage 4 pupils. It will be webcast and afterward edited highlights will be put on the University of Manchester’s Youtube Channel.

If your interest is more in the realms of astronomical photography, then The World at Night, the global astrophotography website, has a newsletter out detailing new additions to the website and reporting on displays of its images travelling around the world.

Meanwhile the smaller exhibition From the Earth to the Universe has written a report for the Journal of Science Communication detailing and evaluating its efforts to bring astronomy to the streets of the world encapsulated in a set of images chosen for the event.

Both of those events were a part of the International Year of Astronomy, 2009. This year was followed up by Global Astronomy Month, which has now announced it will be an annual event. Follow, support and join in with preparations on twitter, facebook, the blog or by receiving their newsletter.

If you’re more interested in doing than looking (or want better skies for your photographs) then the 3rd International Symposium for Dark Sky Parks is to be run on the 6th-10th September in Lastovo. The Symposium is a five-day event, comprising of quality lectures, field-trips and night observations, bringing together dark skies experts and interested people.

If you want something a little more sedate, then there’s always satellite watching. You might even take out a camera and snap one or two. With a good telescope, a good camera and some information from Heavens Above about where a satellite may be (plus a little luck and skill) you might even capture some detail, like these photos of the X-37B secret reusable mini-space shuttle.

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