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Star Attractions

This event has finished. 11 January 2014, 10am-4pm (National Museum Cardiff is open for most Bank Holidays, please check prior to your visit to ensure the museum will be open.)
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Stargazing
Full Moon
Full Moon
Moon Rock - National Museum Wales

Moonrock

Join us for a fun day of FREE out of this world activities for all the family including:

Two space talks:
12 noon –“Mysteries of the Solar System” by Dr Chris North, researcher at Cardiff University and Herschel Space Observatory UK Outreach Officer.

2pm – “Expanding the Universe - Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton” by Professor Mike Edmunds, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics, Cardiff University.

Book on arrival at Main Desk

Space Craft
11am-4pm, Clore Discovery Centre
Special space themed art for younger visitors - make a piece of space themed art to take home with you.
Drop in sessions (but spaces may be limited).

In the Main Hall, 10-4pm:

  • Discover how astronomers explore the sky at multiple wavelengths using the Herschel and Planck space telescopes, with Cardiff University.
  • See displays from the University of South Wales astronomy group, including images from the Faulkes Telescope Project.
  • Find out about local astronomical societies.
  • Learn more about tackling light pollution with the Campaign for Dark Skies.
  • Experience star-gazing through the ages – find out what it was like to look through Galileo and Newton’s telescopes, and how today’s high-tech instruments compare.
  • So you think you’ve found a meteorite? Bring it in and our museum scientists will identify it for you. Can you tell meteorites from meteor-wrongs? Have a go at our fun quiz and see if you can tell real space rocks from other objects.
  • Explore the Museum’s meteorite collection, and use our impact simulator to discover the effects of a meteorite hitting your home town.
  • Follow a trail into our Evolution of Wales gallery to discover a Moon rock collected by Apollo 12 astronauts and meteorites that have travelled millions of miles through space to Earth.
  • Discover our nearest planets on a giant model of the solar system.