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STARGAZING IN THE COMMUNITY!

Posted onApril 10, 2012

STARGAZING IN THE COMMUNITY!

IN THE COMMUNISTARGAZING TY!

A free family stargazing event is heading to a Dundee community centre this week.

The evening event, organised by Dundee Science Centre, is being held at Douglas Community and Library Centre on Thursday 12 April 2012, from 7.30-10.30pm, with the last hour dedicated to outdoor stargazing, weather permitting.

Visitors will also enjoy the wonders of the universe through fun hands-on activities, planetarium shows and exciting demonstrations.   The outdoor element of the evening will involve an expert-guided tour of the night’s sky.

The event will be held at Douglas Community and Library Centre, Balmoral Avenue, Dundee, DD4 8SO.  There is no need to book but, for any enquiries, please telephone 01382 868609.

The event is supported by UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Royal Observatory Edinburgh and Dark Sky Discovery.

Dundee Science Centre Sensation is open daily from 10am until 5pm. For more information, telephone 01382 228800 or visitwww.sensation.org.uk

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The science behind snowflakes

Posted onDecember 22, 2011

The science behind snowflakes

The science behind snowflakes

In the absence of the real thing, Dundee Science Centre is giving a cool insight into snowflakes this winter.

The first of three winter workshops is being held on Christmas Eve, with an icy investigation into the science of these remarkable structures and how their beautiful intricate patterns are created, quite literally, out of thin air.

As well as a talk with exciting demos and hands-on activities, children will be given the chance to make their own paper snowflakes. A short planetarium demo will also be given as part of the workshop.

Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer explained, “A chunk of ice is almost clear, yet a chunk of compacted snow appears white. We will be explaining why this is, why snowflakes look the way they do, and why they vary so significantly in terms of their patterns.”

 The 30 minute workshops will be held at 11am, 1pm and 2pm on Saturday 24th December and at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 28thand Thursday 29th of December, and are free with standard admission.

 Visitors can book ahead if they want to ensure a place at one of the workshops, as numbers will be limited.


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