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Stargazing goes LIVE in Wales

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 About the Institute of Physics in Wales

  • For more information please contact Joe Winters in the IOP’s’ Press Office, Tel: +44(0)20 7470 4815 or e-mail:
  • The Institute of Physics in Wales is a scientific membership society devoted to promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all.

It has over 1000 members and is part of the Institute of Physics.

The Institute of Physics in Wales aims to promote the role of physics in society, covering education, health, the environment, and technology. Its membership is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary, including the educational, industrial, medical, and general public sectors. The Institute seeks common purpose with other organisations to promote science and science-based learning and to influence science policy. Special emphasis is placed on supporting physics teachers by promoting in our schools the value, joy and benefits of a knowledge of physics and its applications.

About BBC Stargazing LIVE

  • Stargazing LIVE (co-produced by the Open University) returns for a second three-night series. The new series will be broadcast live on BBC 2 on the 16 January at 20:30 and 20:00 on the 17 and 18 January.
  • Stargazing LIVE is set to encourage everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky. Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will broadcast live from the control room of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, interacting live with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the majestic wonders of the skies above Britain.
  • In 2011 almost 40,000 people took part in Stargazing Live events during the short period of three evenings with even more taking part in events during the whole of January last year. This year it is expected that even more people will go out to community held events, organised by expert BBC Partner organisations across Wales. Go to for the full list. 
  • The Stargazing LIVE campaign from BBC Learning aims to encourage all of us to learn more about astronomy. Developed in partnership with a huge range of science and astronomy organisations, the campaign encourages new audiences to get involved in finding out about the night sky.
  • provides details on how to get started in astronomy, where to develop your interest and information on partner events taking place across the UK in January 2012.

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