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UCLan welcomes science star for Christmas event

12 December 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Sky at Night presenter Dr Chris Lintott to deliver free public lecture

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is inviting people to explore the Universe from the comfort of their sofa with help from a BBC Sky at Night presenter.

For this year’s free UCLan Christmas Lecture Dr Chris Lintott, co-presenter of The Sky at Night, will visit Preston on Tuesday 17 December to share his expert knowledge on planet exploration and show how everyone can become a citizen scientist.

Dr Lintott will explain how more than 800,000 volunteers armed with nothing more than a web browser have helped astronomers discover planets, explore distant galaxies and map the Milky Way.

"Chris is a well-known TV personality from his years on the Sky at Night and we are very fortunate that he can take time out from his busy schedule to come to UCLan."

He will also touch on progress on the big questions in astronomy – how the Universe has evolved over the last 13.8 billion years and whether there could be life amongst the stars?

Professor Derek Ward-Thompson, Director of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Maths, Physics and Astronomy at UCLan, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Chris Lintott to give our annual Christmas Lecture.

“Chris is a well-known TV personality from his years on the Sky at Night and we are very fortunate that he can take time out from his busy schedule to come to UCLan. Programmes such as the Sky at Night and Star-Gazing Live have led to a big increase in people’s interest and understanding of the night sky and we want to build on this enthusiasm.”

The free lecture on Tuesday 17 December will take place in UCLan’s Darwin Lecture Theatre 6.30pm – 7.30pm and refreshments will be served from 6.00pm. Tickets are free but must be ordered online in advance as places are limited. Public parking will be available on campus on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information email: alstonobservatory@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 893568. To book online visit - http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-lecture-by-dr-chris-lintott-how-to-find-a-planet-from-your-sofa-tickets-9045524407