Mark Thompson's 24 Hour Space Spectacular

Tue 27 Oct

Multiple days: Online

Online Free Space, astronomy & physics Family Friendly Morning Afternoon Evening

Join Mark Thompson on a world record attempt warm-up lecture lasting 24 hours!

At NSF 2021, our patron Mark Thompson is going to attempt to break the world record for the longest lecture by speaking for over 5 days! This year, he is warming up for that attempt by lecturing for 24 hours about space in this online event.

Mark’s astronomy lecture will delve into the history and evolution of the Universe, before looking in detail at the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Each hour there’s a different subject, including the inner planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus and beyond, as well as a quick chance for Mark to have a comfort break and perform some vocal stretches.

This charity event, raising money for Barnado’s, is in advance of next year’s record-breaking attempt to lecture for 5 days at Norwich Science Festival 2021, and is a must for all fans of astronomy and space from ages 8 upwards. Mark’s lecture also journeys to the exoplanets and galaxies, and discusses the ongoing search for extra-terrestrial life.

Join Mark from 6pm Monday 26 October to 6pm Tuesday 27 October!

Subjects include:

Introduction to the Universe, History of Astronomy, History of Universe, Earth and Moon, Space Exploration, Sun, Inner Planets, Gas Giant Planets, Uranus and Beyond, Exoplanets, Serach for ET, Stars Galaxies, Scale of Universe, Top Ten Space Facts, Stargazing and Equipment, AstroPhotography, Winter Night Sky.
Please note that the topics and order are all subject to change.

Recommended ages 8+

Watch live on YouTube

Set up a YouTube account and log in during the event to join the live chat where you can ask questions and share your thoughts!  

Please note that as this is an 'At Home' programme, some contributors may be joining us remotely, and as such the events will not be broadcast standard quality. If there are technical connection issues - please bear with us! Thank you.    

Donate to Mark's fundraiser for Barnardo's

Mark Thompson

Mark is a TV presenter and author with a passion for the night sky. He rose to popularity during his time on The One Show presenting space/science films and also presented on BBC Stargazing Live. He has written nine books, appears on Good Morning Britain and now tours his popular Spectacular Science Show around the country. He has recently launched the podcast The Pocket Astronomer where he guides listeners around the night sky. During next year’s NSF he is going to attempt to break the world record for the longest lecture.

Image credit: JMA Photography

Organiser details: Mark Thompson