‘science can help you reach for the stars’
It\'s hard to say what impressed them.
The huge, glittering telescope that transmits information from space, or the fact that Professor Brian Cox is in front of it.
As part of our Get Britain Education Series, we arranged a course with science poster boys at a milestone in space exploration --
Located in the center of astrophysical, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire.
Right here, in the background of the amazing Lovell Telescope, Professor Cox and TV funnyman Dara\' briain presented bbc2\'s hit series three weeks ago 《
As a famous face of our recent dream classes at various schools, Sun Professor Cox returned to Jodrell Bank to guide students at Molly College.
Leeds school was selected from hundreds of people in our last November contest to launch The Big Bang: Young British Scientists and Engineers Fair.
The students were very excited.
Rebecca Greenham, 14, said: \"It\'s great to see Professor Cox. he\'s an idol.
He can explain complex science well, in a way that everyone can understand.
\"The first stop at Jodrell Bank is the huge Lovell Telescope, the third largest mobile telescope in the world.
Weighing 3,200 tons, 250ft in diameter-
There are seven double-decker buses parked one by one.
It has received information from space since 1957.
So, at Jodrell Bank, Professor Cox gave a heartfelt speech to President John F.
Kennedy\'s desire to explore space for Britain\'s own scientific future.
He said: \"I have had the slogan for many years, that is, to make Britain the best place in the world to do science.
\"I have said it several times in the sun.
David Cameron, stand up and say.
Once you say it, it starts to become real.
\"Kennedy said, \'We chose to go to the moon, not because it was easy, but because it was difficult.
\"Within ten years, the United States has landed on the moon from a country that has not put people into orbit.
\"This is a country that is united to achieve some kind of goal, and that is what we can do.
The students also walked into an inflatable planetarium. a tent-
The dome of the size of the sky projected inside-
For a virtual universe tour, and to hear Professor Cox\'s talk about his work at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, scientists hope to reproduce the situation within a second after the Big Bang.
Professor Cox\'s enthusiasm is contagious.
He believes that it is essential for young people to be excited about science, and he wants to convey the message that everyone in this field has a chance.
\"The future of our country depends on science and engineering,\" he said . \".
\"If you are a parent and your child shows an interest in science, then activities like the Big Bang Expo --
NEC, Birmingham, March 15-17-
Great because it\'s inspiring.
If your child wants to be an astronomical writer, there will be astronomers there.
\"You don\'t need to be a genius or a man --
Science is everyone\'s.
All you need is to be interested and if you are interested then you can do it.
You can find a job in this area.
Liam Greeley, a 16-year-old student, said: \"This is a glorious day.
I learned a lot about space.
The Q & A session with Professor Cox is very interesting.
Alicia Bauer, 15, added: \"I really like the inflatable planetarium.
Professor Cox is so inspiring.
He made science really popular. ”k. jackson@the-sun. co.
Here are some ways to explore the night sky without binoculars.
See bbc for more ideas. co. uk/stargazing.
Cover under your own night sky: Make your own mini
Planetarium with black umbrella.
Open brolly and create some famous constellations with white and yellow sticky points, such as Ursa Minor, Plough and Cassiopeia.
Then take it outside on a dark night and see if you can see any constellation in the sky.
You can buy one.
For £ 16 (walker size)or £12 (
Handbag size, telescopic).
For information, please check the email information @ exscitec. com.
Make your own model Constellation: you can make a constellation on Earth with several teacup, brown paper bags and some sand or soil, such as Orion.
Choose a dark place, ideally on a slight slope.
Fill paper bags with sand or dirt and weigh them.
Put a tea bag in a bag on the beach and let an adult light it.
Find out where the other stars in Orion should go and place bags and teacups on each star.
Take some photos of the stars: you can put it on top with a normal camera with a tripod or something solid.
Turn off autofocus and set focus to \"unlimited \".
Select a higher ISO number to be more sensitive.
Aim the camera at a bright star and focus until it looks clear.
Set it to a long shutter speed (like 10 seconds) to let the light in as much as possible.
You should see a lot of stars on the finished picture.
Play around with the shutter speed to find the perfect picture.
View astronomy apps: Like Star Walk, which uses GPS and gyro built into your iPhone or iPad to display the stars, constellations, and satellites you point to, in real time.
In the winter sky, Professor Cox says his favorite is Andromeda.
To find this, you must first find the constellation in the back seat of the fairy.
A group of bright stars formed in the north.
It is on the other side of the Polaris to the plough.
Then the arrow formed along the deeper right-
The hand \"V\" of the constellation \".
The galaxy looks like a foggy cloud.
The most visible constellation is the plough.
Looking north, you\'ll see the shape of a \"pan\" of four stars, along with three \"handles \".
The second star at the end of the \"tail\" of the plow is Misza.
Its close partner is Alcor.
\"Historically, the ability to pick out both has been used as a vision test,\" Professor Cox said . \".
Orion is one of the brightest constellations in the winter sky.
Looking south, there are three bright stars on one line-this is the belt of Orion.
Two bright stars above the belt represent the shoulders of Orion.
Move to the right along the line of the Orion belt and you will reach a V-
Star clusters of shapes-the \"head\" of Taurus, bulls, and then the cluster of OnStar.
Professor Cox said: \"There are hundreds of stars in this group, and the brightest about ten stars can easily be seen by the naked eye . \".
Three weeks ago, the star watching live series on BBC2 attracted three people.
The number of telescopes sold by Amazon increased by 8 million by 500. co.
This phenomenon is called the \"Brian Cox effect \".
So, who can give the basic beginner\'s guide at night better than our own sun professor.
Here are his most important tips on how to start: \"The way to start is to get some sort of map in the night sky, just tell you where everything is.
\"You can see a lot of stars with your eyes.
\"You need to leave the lights of the city and go to a very dark place.
\"You don\'t need any equipment at first.
You should be able to see our galaxy with the naked eye.
\"If you like to look at the stars like this, it\'s not expensive that you can continue to use telescopes and small telescopes.
\"Then you can start to see the moons of Jupiter, the clouds on Jupiter, or the rings of Saturn.
\"You don\'t need expensive equipment to do this.
\"There are local astronomical associations all over the country, and they have night-watching and good telescopes.
Or you may have a community at your local university.
\"Just get involved.
Watching the stars live shows that thousands of people have appeared in these observation events all over the country, and they will have astronomers to help you.
\"Then you can start looking at all kinds of things, like star-
The region and gas clouds that form new stars.
\"It\'s all waiting for you to see.