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Star-gazing extravaganza awaits visitors

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 07, 2012

Eden Project

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The Eden Project will be hosting a free evening of astronomy as part of the BBC's Stargazing Live this month.

Visitors to the Cornish attraction can find out about the stars in the galaxy by using a variety of professional telescopes, taking a virtual visit to distant corners of the universe in a portable planetarium and studying meteorites through microscopes.

There will also be a chance to see a big lights switch-off in the biome and hear talks from experts on the night sky, the life and death of stars, astronomical photography and much more.

For younger visitors there will be a range of activities including a workshop about the locations of the moon landings and astronomy-themed colouring-in.

Eden is working with the Roseland Observatory and the University of Plymouth on the evening's programme, which will be held between 6pm and 9.30pm on January 17.

Stargazing Live, co-produced by the Open University, returns for a second three-night series on BBC Two to encourage everyone to learn more about the night sky.

It will be broadcast on BBC Two from January 16 to 18, and Eden is due to be part of the final two programmes.

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