This weekend, Oxford Astrophysics is taking a field trip. No, not to a telescope or a conference for once: we’re going to a music festival! A few months ago, our DPhil. student and dotAstronomer Ruth Angus had the great idea of pitching an idea to the excellent Green Man Festival in Wales to bring an astronomy stand. Green Man have an area on the festival site called Einstein’s Garden (also on twitter) for science-related activities, and we came up with some good ideas for astro-related fun for kids and grown-ups during the festival. Luckily the Green Man organisers agreed, and to help us out with the organisation we got a really generous grant from the Institute of Physics.
So a group of students and postdocs are off to the Brecon Beacons bright and early tomorrow. I helped out with the proposal writing and preparing some of the activities, but for all kinds of diary-related reasons I’m not joining the festival fun myself – boo to that.
Our main activity for the weekend will be observing the Sun through our department’s solar telescope, and making your own pinhole camera – fingers crossed for the big yellow orb making an appearance at some point! We prepared star charts showing the festival goers what’s up in the night sky this weekend, and of course there may be some lovely Perseid meteors to see overhead as well.
Green Man looks like a fun festival, and apart from a nice musical line-up they will have a huge range of other activities to keep people occupied. If you’re going to the festival, go say hi to the Oxford astro group and follow @GreenManGalaxy on twitter.