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Crowds turn out for Stargazing LIVE event in Canterbury

By Times_Cant  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

More than 1,000 took part in the BBC Stargazing LIVE event at The Langton Star

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MORE than 1,000 people turned out  to take part in the BBC Stargazing LIVE event at The Langton Star Centre, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury on Tuesday.  
The event, which  was dedicated to late TV astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, gave those gathered a chance to see Jupiter and it's moons.

Astronomers from South East Kent Astronomical Society and Mid Kent Astronomical Society brought more than 40 telescopes so people, who came from Canterbury, Margate, Dover, Hythe and Chatham,  could get a close up view of the night sky.

As well as looking at the stars, there were other space themed activities, including a live link up with NASA Astronaut, Sean Kinborough from Florida, training tips for the physical side of becoming an astronaut with British Long Jump Champion, JJ Jegede and science experiments.

BBC Science presenter Fran Scott's Tourist Guide to the Solar System science programme was shown and visitors also had a chance to try their hand at driving a Mars Rover Robot across a martian landscape and visit the outer galaxies in the Astrodrome thanks to staff from the University of Kent.

Dr Becky Parker, Director of the Langton Star Centre, said: "The whole school did a marvellous job at hosting Stargazing LIVE and we were delighted to work with BBC Learning to inspire the people of Kent to learn about astronomy, science and our incredible universe."

The event, part of BBC 2's programme hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain,  was one of a series happening across Kent in January and February.  
For more information on other events and to download free audio Stargazing guides go to: www.bbc.co.uk/stargazing

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