BBC Stargazing takes centre stage at Spinnaker Tower

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COSMOLOGISTS from the University of Portsmouth are taking a leading role at an event to support a prime-time TV show tonight.

Experts from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation will join other astronomical groups at the Spinnaker Tower to provide an evening of entertainment and education for BBC Two’s Stargazing Live.

The iconic landmark is hosting the free event which invites people of all ages to learn about our skies and stars – and will link up with presenters Prof Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain who will be at the Jodrell Bank Observatory at Manchester University.

During the event, which runs from 5pm to 10pm, guests will be whisked to the top of the tower and invited to stargaze 100 metres above Portsmouth Harbour.

Dr Karen Masters, from the institute, said: ‘The secrets of our universe continue to intrigue and perplex everyone from the world’s leading cosmologists to people who just look up at the stars when they’re out for the evening. This is a fantastic opportunity in a great location for people to look up and discover more about where planet Earth fits into the bigger picture.’

Other organisations taking part including the South East Physics network who will display atom-building with Lego, while Portsmouth Grammar School students have designed a solar system exhibit.

Tickets for the activities up the tower are sold out but people can still attend activities on the ground floor.

Stargazing Live will be broadcast tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm.