Astronaut to join in astronomy meeting

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BRITAIN’S first astronaut will help celebrate the biggest annual astronomy event in the UK, which is run by the University of Portsmouth.

Tim Peake is taking part in the National Astronomy Meeting remotely from Russia where he is training for his trip to the International Space Station next year.

Tim will video call into the first public event called Launchpad to the Stars.

Tim, who is originally from Chichester and is a University of Portsmouth alumnus, is expected to talk about his forthcoming mission.

Members of the public are invited to attend at 6.45pm on Monday, June 23 at Portsmouth Guildhall. Tickets are free and the event is suitable for children over 11 years.

The talk is one of several free public events taking place that week including an interactive exhibition of giant telescopes at Portsmouth Guildhall and a Planet Walk across central Portsmouth, starting from Guildhall Square.

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