Physics Fest & Astronomy Day

The Explorium

The Explorium
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A day dedicated to everything from the structure of atoms to the vastness of the Universe. Get hands-on with physics and astronomy – measure the speed of light for yourself, discover the joys of astronomy and how to get started, and see some astro images. Activities and stands from the Institute of Physics, DASH Astro, Orwell Astronomical Society, Norwich Astronomical Society, Shaun Reynolds, Greenpeace and Science Scribbles.


DASH Astro

Astronomers will be present all day to discuss and demonstrate all areas of astronomy, including astrophotography, spectroscopy, radio, solar, visual, cosmology. We will have activities for the young and the not so young. If you are familiar/not familiar with these areas come and talk to us. A registered STEM Ambassador will be present to talk to teachers.

Darsham and Surrounding Hamlets Astronomical Society are a new astronomy society located in Darsham with a registered Dark Sky Discovery Site. We are interested and active in all areas of astronomy and attend many public events. We are heavily involved in school science and would not be out of place in any STEM project. We are particularly noted for our welcoming and friendly get-togethers, frequently with a 50% female attendance.


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Orwell Astronomical Society

Discover the joys of astronomy with help from Orwell Astronomical Society. Find out how to use a planisphere, and which binoculars or telescopes can help you search the night skies. Plus younger Festiver-goers can colour in the planets or try an astronomy word search.

Orwell Astronomical Society in Ipswich was founded in 1967. It is based at Orwell Park Observatory Nacton and its members include experienced and beginners in astronomy and meet once or twice a week.

Orwell Astronomical Society

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Norwich Astronomical Society

Join the Norwich Astronomical Society to measure the speed of light for yourself. Enter the competition  to guess the distance to celestial objects! Winners receive free family entrance to a Norwich Astronomical Society public talk of their choice from the 2019-20 season.

The Norwich Astronomical Society are based at the Seething Observatory, Thwaite St Mary and are a charitable organisation. The outreach activities are aimed to educate and encourage the public to become aware of and interested in astronomy. We also have facilities which are available for use by members for astronomical observations.

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Space images – Shaun Reynolds Photography

Shaun Reynolds imagesShaun Reynolds, a photographer with thirty years of experience, will exhibit his astronomical photography. Reynold’s main focus is the night sky, specialising in deep space astrophotography and wide-field Milky Way shots.

He has had many publications in astronomy magazines and newspapers and has been shortlisted for both the Astro Photographer of the Year award at the Royal Observatory and the UK Astro Photographer of the year in 2016.

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Science Scribbles

Science Scribbles merchandisePick up some fantastically fun science merch at Norwich Science Festival!

Science Scribbles is an online store that sells science-themed merchandise such as fun and colourful stickers, postcards and bookmarks.

The store was created by Lauren Callender, a PhD student on a mission to encourage and inspire younger generations to pursue a career in science.

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Plus activities from Greenpeace and Errant Science.


Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum’s Explorium
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages