Free star and space night at the Forum in Norwich to mark BBC2 Stargazing Live programme
12:13 08 January 2014
Space enthusiasts will be able to speak to a British astronaut, look into the sky and create a human constellation at a free city centre event tonight.
Dozens of science demonstrations and space-themed activities will be held in and around the Forum in Norwich between 6-9.30pm and anyone can attend.
It has been organised by BBC Learning and other organisations to coincide with the BBC2 programme Stargazing Live, which airs tonigh and tomorrow at 8pm.
British astronaut Major Tim Peake, who is due to go to the International Space Station next year, will be giving a Skype interview from 6.30pm.
The constellation system will be recreated by 140 people with torches in front of Norwich City Hall at 7pm and 8pm. Telescopes will also be set up in front of the civic building.
Andrew Fenner, BBC Learning producer, said it was hoped the event would spark people’s interest in stars and space and it would be exciting for anyone and everyone.
The event will cause some traffic disruption in the city centre.
Bethel Street from its junction with Little Bethel Street to its junction with St Peters Street, and St Peters Street between Bethel Street and Gaol Hill, will be closed to traffic from 2.30pm to midnight on Wednesday.
All waiting of vehicles along St Peters Street from its junction with St Giles Street to its junction with Bethel Street, including disabled parking and loading bays, will be temporarily suspended during the same times. There will be no vehicle access to the bike park, where there will be telescopes for people to look through.
Street lights in St Peters Street and the Memorial Gardens will be switched off during the event.