Join us for Star Men – a film about space, discovery and meaning. Four of the world’s leading astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a road trip through the south-west of America, recounting each other’s influences on the most exciting time in astronomy’s history. Between them they have helped to build the world’s biggest observatories and have made revolutionary discoveries about the evolving universe. Now in old age, they reflect on how their profound work in astronomy has affected them as individuals, influencing their sense of religious faith, their thoughts on how life may have purpose and what is knowable and unknowable.
Following the film, there will be a short discussion with Becky Smethurst and the chance to do some stargazing of your own in the school grounds with the Abingdon Astronomical Society.
Stargazing is weather dependant so keep your fingers crossed for clear skies!
Becky is an astronomy PhD student at the University of Oxford and Galaxy Zoo researcher. Having been one of those kids that wanted a telescope rather than a scooter for her birthday, she is now a keen science communicator, was shortlisted for the Institute of Physics Early Career Physics Communicator Award and named Audience Winner of the UK National Final of the FameLab 2014 Competition.
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