Image Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2014
On 15th December 2015 Tim Peake, the first UK astronaut to be selected by the European Space Agency, launched to the ISS in a Soyuz rocket. To celebrate the launch events were organised across the UK, including W5's Destination Space which QUB's Astrophysics Research Centre contributed multiple activities to.
Planispheres. Image Credit: W5
During the day hundreds of people visited our planeterrella and learnt about the earth's aurora. There were several talks throughout the day were we explained to primary school children how to see the ISS in the night sky, how to use the planispheres we distributed to find out in what stars are visible in the sky and through which constellations the ISS appears to move. The colouring competition for primary school children, Ask-an-Astronomer booth and play dough Solar System were also a great success.
The Colouring Competition & Play Dough Solar System