Abigail Beall, Professor Andy Lawrence and Helena Cochrane

Reach for the Stars

Online Event
Sat 6 Mar
17:00 UK
Free, ticketed

You don’t need to be earthbound, even in lockdown. In this event, author and science communicator Abigail Beall, author of The Art of Urban Astronomy: A Guide to Stargazing Wherever You Are, and Wigtown’s own astro-photographer Helena Cochrane discuss how anyone can take inspiration and solace from the stars, and why we should value our dark skies.

Abigail Beall is a science journalist and author of The Art of Urban Astronomy: A Guide to Stargazing Wherever You Are. She grew up in Scotland and now lives in Leeds. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @abbybeall.

Helena Cochrane is a 16-year-old astro-photographer and YouTuber who grew up in Wigtown where she took early inspiration from events at Big Bang. She has been taking pictures of deep space for almost a year - bringing her growing numbers of followers on her journey of discovery. You can find her on Facebook @HelenaAstrophotography and on Instagram @helenas_astro.

Professor Andy Lawrence FRSE, FRaS was appointed as the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh in 1994, a position he still holds. He works at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, a historic site shared between the University's Institute for Astronomy and STFC's UK Astronomy Technology Centre. 

His research interests are in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), observational cosmology, survey astronomy, and e-science (the Virtual Observatory).

Professor Andy Lawrence joins them to talk about why our skies are under threat.

Professor Andy Lawrence Twitter handle @e_astronomer

Purchase Andy's ebook Losing The Sky here.

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