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By This is Exeter  |  Posted: March 18, 2009

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EXETER residents are being offered the chance to take a closer look at outer space.

The University of Exeter Astrophysics Group is hosting a special open evening on Wednesday, April 1, to mark the International Year of Astronomy.

Adults and children can see how stars and planets form as well as watch hands-on demonstrations and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the night sky.

The free event includes a talk by popular science writer and broadcaster Ian Ridpath, Sky News' space correspondent.

Members of the university group will share their latest discoveries in talks, pictures and movies, and give hands-on demonstrations related to their research.

They work with some of the world's most powerful telescopes and fastest supercomputers.

And they are involved with many of the big space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope.

Guests will find out more about how the research is changing our understanding of how stars and planets form.

Dr Jennifer Hatchell, of the university's School of Physics, said: "The International Year of Astronomy is a chance for everyone to experience these things, and we look forward to sharing them with our visitors."

The university has one of the UK's largest astrophysics groups working in the fields of star formation and planet research.

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