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Seeing the Universe in all its light

STFC’s Seeing the Universe in all its light roadshow supports the UK astronomy community, in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society, showcasing the ‘big telescopes family’ - both ground and space based - focusing on the UK science expertise and economic benefits.

The exhibition, features scale models of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) ground based Very Large Telescope (VLT), and Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) with space based astronomy missions Herschel and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) alongside an 8metre interactive wall, an SKA interactive exhibit, a telescope control desk, infra-red astronomy, adaptive optics and Micro Autonomous Robots interactive exhibits details of which can be found in the attached prospectus.

The exhibition has completed 35 events at 32 venues, travelling over 10,800 miles around the UK and, over the course of 321 days, captured the attention of over 167,400 people including the Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, the Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham NEC.

Forthcoming schedule

  • There are currently no upcoming events

If you would like to book the roadshow to visit your venue or event please use the application form or contact Mark Wells.

Watch the roadshow build video

Seeing the Universe in all its light / Gweld y Bydysawd yn ei Holl Oleuni
(Credit: STFC)

For more information on big telescopes please see Big Telescopes.

The ‘Seeing the Universe’ exhibition at Eisteddfod 2014
(Credit: STFC)

The road show features stunning science images and interactive exhibits, including:

  • A replica model of English astronomer Thomas Harriot's first telescope
  • A 1:4 scale model of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT)
  • A 1:12 scale model of an Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) antenna
  • A 1:20 scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
  • A 1:10 scale model of Herschel Space Observatory
  • 'Hands-on' exhibits including 'seeing the invisible', 'adaptive optics', 'micro autonomous robots' and a ‘magic planet’.
  • Interactive control desk, providing details on the full spectra of wavelengths used by astronomers
  • Interactive Square Kilometre Array (SKA) exhibit featuring a scale model of one of the antennas
  • Historical science papers from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) & the Thomas Harriot trust
  • An 8 metre interactive wall featuring an ‘astronomical wow facts’ screen, interactive touchscreen and a large 3D screen.
  • Non-slip floor mats of telescopes from around the world

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