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Stargazing Oxford, the popular public engagement event organised annually by the Department of Physics, returns this Saturday, 17 January.

Last year more than 1,000 people of all ages attended, seeking to explore the wonders of the Universe. The University's astronomers will be on hand to answer questions including: “What constellations can you see in the night sky this month?”, “Why do stars explode?”, “Is there life on other planets?” and “What happened at the very beginning of the universe?”.

Rain or shine, there will be plenty of astronomy for visitors to immerse themselves in. There will be AstroCrafts (age 6+) and bite-sized talks on a wide range of fascinating topics covering the latest research in astronomy and astrophysics.

Visitors can also get some hints and tips about star-gazing at home, with workshops run by local experts from Oxfordshire amateur astronomy groups and the University Department of Physics. There will be opportunities to observe the night sky using a range of telescopes.

The event will take place between 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm) at the Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, Keble Road.