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Star Gazing Evening at Guildford Cathedral

Jan 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Star Gazing Evening: Saturday 20 January, 6-9pm

Join us at Guildford Cathedral as part of our Epiphany celebrations to explore the night sky. This family friendly event is your chance to meet local enthusiasts from the Guildford Astronomical Society who will share their expert knowledge. You’ll be able to look through a wide range of telescopes to explore the night sky and try a spot of star gazing from our vantage point on Stag Hill (weather permitting). We are delighted to be able to welcome two speakers to deliver free talks, one for younger astronomers (6.30pm) and a later talk more suitable for the older enthusiast and expert (7.30pm). Free children’s indoor crafting activities will be on offer, the newly refurbished Cathedral will be able to be explored in a different light, our shop and restaurant will be open.

Provisional timetable:

6-9pm Pop Up observatory, weather permitting, on the South terrace, meet members of the Guildford Astronomical Society to explore the night sky through a range of telescopes

6-9pm Cathedral open to visitors to explore, visit the Guildford Astronomical Society display and learn about telescopes. Cathedral shop and restaurant open.

6-7.30pm Free Children’s activities in the Cathedral, learn about Epiphany and enjoy star themed crafts

6.30pm Talk by Emma Osborne, astrophysicist & communicator

Gravitational Waves: A new window to the universe In this talk, Emma will take young people and enthusiasts on a journey through the gravitational wave universe. Learn about what gravitational waves are how they are made, and how scientists detect them. Discover the monster gravitational wave machines that live in space, and how they can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, as we embark on the era of multi-messenger astronomy.

7.30pm Talk by Prof Roger Davies, Professor of Astrophysics, Oxford University Galaxies & Black Holes We have discovered super massive black holes, with masses ranging from millions to billions times the mass of the Sun, at the very centre of massive galaxies. The mass of this central black hole correlates with many of the large-scale properties of the host galaxy, for example the total mass of the galaxy is about five hundred times the mass of the black hole. However, the direct gravitational influence of the black hole extends to only a minute fraction of the volume of the galaxy (about one billionth of the total volume). So, how can such large-scale correlations be established? In exploring this question, we will discover an unexpected twist in the story of galaxy evolution.

9pm Event ends

All are welcome to attend this sparkling evening! We suggest a donation of £2 per person to help cover costs, please be generous and help us avoid charging for similar events in the future. Nearby parking is available at the University of Surrey Stag Hill Campus and Farnham Road car parks. Guildford railway station is a 10 minute walk away.

IMPORTANT VISITOR INFORMATION: It is anticipated that this event will be very busy. Please be aware there will be reduced lighting at the Cathedral and a large number of pedestrians on the access paths. All visitors to the Cathedral site are advised to take extra care when traversing the site, as paths and steps may be uneven or slippery. Children remain the responsibility of their parents/guardians at all times. Parking spaces are limited at the Cathedral and parking restrictions will apply. We strongly recommend that you park away from the Cathedral and walk. We are grateful to the University of Surrey who have made their car park available for visitors to this event. Limited disabled parking will be available, for those unable to walk a drop off area will be provided.

In the event of cloud cover the “pop up observatory” will not be operational, however, all other activities will go ahead as planned in the Nave. Do wrap up warmly for this event and bring a torch to help you navigate local paths – but don’t forget to turn them off as you approach the observing area so that your eyes have time to adjust and you can fully appreciate the experience! Up to date weather information will be provided on the Cathedral website – so do check before setting out!

And finally, a note about our Acoustics! We respectfully request that visitors to the Cathedral during the talks keep their own chat to a minimum – we have amazing acoustics which means that everyone else can hear what you are saying too! Parents – please explain this to your lovely children!

Guildford Cathedral and the Guildford Astronomical Society look forward to welcoming you to this special event!


Jan 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Guildford Cathedral
01483 547860


All Ages


Guildford Cathedral
Stag Hill
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7UP United Kingdom
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