Stargazing Live 2018

Stargazing Live at the University of Sussex

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NEXT YEAR's Stargazing Live 2018 will be held on the evening of Wednesday 24th January, 2018.


This year, our evening of astronomical activities will be held on Wednesday 18th January 2017, from 6.30-9pm, in the Jubilee Building at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer, Brighton.

Highlights this year include John Hinton's Ensonglopedia of Science at 7pm; a panel discussion on the Future of Astronomy at 8pm; and our inflatable planetarium!

  This page contains the following information.

  • An overview of the activities taking place throughout the evening
  • Details about the Planetarium shows
  • Event location details
  • Further information

  Full details are available as a PDF document, which you may also pick up on arrival.

  There is no need to book tickets online in advance this year - just turn up on the night with all your friends & family!  There are activities available for all ages, from primary school children to adults.  Typicallly, 400 people visit these evenings, so we can accomodate groups of up to 50 with ease.  And there is no charge for the event - the entire evening of events is completely free to visitors.

  Note that all the times and activities are subject to change.

Stargazing Live at the University of Sussex

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Activities throughout the evening

During the evening, there will be a range of activities suitable for all ages, from primary school children to adults - just pop in and join in with our activities at your leisure!  No prior knowledge of astronomy is assumed to enjoy any of the activities.

  • Observing (if clear) Mars, Venus, Orion & star clusters through telescopes with University of Sussex astrophysics students, the East Sussex Astronomical Society and the Brighton Astronomical Society
  • Observing with a telescope

    Planetarium show “We Are Astronomers” (booking information below)
  • The Ensonglopedia of Science - a fun new musical-theatre comedy show all about science!
  • Ask An Astronomer
  • A guide to what can be seen in the Sky Tonight
  • A guide to using telescopes
  • Try Guess the Gas – just like an astronomer!
  • The Sun – our dynamic, neighbouring star
  • Explore Nuclear Fusion with Lego
  • Exploring our solar system with inflatable planets 
  • Exploring the Dark Sector
  • Panel discussion “The future of Astronomy”, with world renown science author, Dr John Gribbin & other University of Sussex Researchers
Planetarium Shows


Our inflatable planetarium will be running throughout the evening, showing the "We Are Astronomers!" planetarium show (suitable for all ages).  Shows will run every 20 minutes at the following times:

6.40pm, 7.00pm, 7.20pm, 8.00pm, 8.20pm & 8.40pm.

 The planetarium has a capacity of 30 people, and so you MUST book a place on arrival.  We expect the planetarium to be very busy on the night, and the shows will book up an hour in advance. 

Stargazing live planetarium show

Please note:  The planetarium shows will start promptly, and late comers will not be admitted to avoid spoiling the experience for the audience.  Entry to the planetarium will take place 5 minutes before each schedule show starting time.  We expect all the planetarium shows to be fully booked out.  If you do not book a planetarium ticket promptly, or are late and miss your time slot, you will be unable to see a show during the evening.

Event Location Details

Stargazing Live Spectral workshop  The venue will be the Jubilee building on the university of Sussex campus in Falmer, Brighton.

  Full details of how to get to the University of Sussex can be found on our main University website, and a campus map is available as a downloadable PDF.

Travel options are:

  • Train: For those travelling by train, Falmer station is a 10 minute walk away at the south of campus via the A27 underpass. Maps are sited along the pedestrian route through the heart of campus.
  • Bus: The number 25, 25X and 23 routes all provide frequent buses every 10 minutes to the campus. Get off at the stop outside Bramber House (the Jubilee building is sited just behind Bramber House), or for some services (e.g. the 25X) the bottom of Boiler House Hill across the road.
  • Car: Visitors travelling by car are advised to park in Car Park 7 behind the Jubilee building.  Parking is free after 5pm. For SatNav users, the approximate postcode is BN1 9SN.

Full details of wheelchair access can be found at DisabledGo website. Alternatively, please let us know that you are planning to attend, and we can arrange for one of our students to meet you on arrival.

Further Information

Stargazing Live inflatable planets The event is organised and run by Dr Darren Baskill, outreach officer of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.  If you have any questions in advance of the event, please email

Please note that photography and video will be taken during the evening.  By attending the event, you consent for such material to be broadcast by the BBC or used by the University to advertise future public events. 

 The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission to the event without reason.

 Full details are also available as a PDF document.