STUDENTS have been learning more about what life is like in outer space.
Pupils from South Downs College, Portsmouth College and Portsmouth Grammar School sat in on a lecture given by astrophysicist Dr Claudia Maraston at the University of Portsmouth.
Visitors got to try out physics experiments.
The day-long event, which marked the beginning of National Science and Engineering Week, also saw youngsters from Portsmouth Grammar and St Jude’s Primary learn about the galaxy at a mobile planetarium inside the University of Southampton.
National Science and Engineering Week is led by the British Science Association.
Bob Nichol, professor of astrophysics at the university, said: ‘We wanted to mark the week by inspiring more pupils to study physics.
‘It’s the science that underpins our world and much of what goes on in it. It can be used in a variety of fields and disciplines including dentistry, medicine, engineering and maths. It was a thrill to see people’s reactions.’