Stargazers aboard HMS Warrior for TV tie-in spectacular

Stargazing Live presenters  Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain
Stargazing Live presenters Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain

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HUNDREDS of stargazers have taken to the deck of HMS Warrior.

They were there as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live 2013 event which was held on the majestic ship in the Historic Dockyard last night.

More than 650 people snapped up tickets to get the opportunity to view powerful telescopes at first hand, ask questions of some of the world’s greatest experts and even get hands on with a comet.

The event tied in with BBC Stargazing Live 2013, which was broadcast live over three nights this week and was hosted by Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara O’Briain.

Dr Jen Gupta from the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) organised the event which also saw a series of lectures in the Mary Rose Museum.

She said: ‘It went so well. In fact it was actually a little overwhelming to see how popular it’s been.

‘The wonderful thing is that astronomy is one of the most accessible sciences.

‘Anyone can go out and look up at the stars.

‘Some amateur astronomers have found supernovas and they are then followed up by professional astronomers.

‘It’s been great to have the Hampshire Astronomical Group here because people want to know what telescopes they need and what they should be looking for.’

Zac Looker, nine, was there with his mum Sara-Jane Looker, from Southsea.

She said: ‘It’s been absolutely fantastic.

‘It’s so interesting and we’ve learned so much.

‘There have been some great activities that explain some difficult concepts to all ages.’

Giulia Thomas, eight, said: ‘I made Saturn out of glitter because I think it’s the coolest planet because it’s got rings.’

Dr Karen Masters was delighted with the success of the event.

She said: ‘There was a mix of activities for adults and children and I think everyone enjoyed it.

‘I certainly saw a lot of happy faces.’

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