UK's Life Science Centre joins global celebration
A UK science centre is taking part in an international day to mark the importance of science to communities across the globe.
Schoolchildren from Newcastle upon Tyne will be helping the UK take part in this year’s International Science Centre and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on 10 November, as they enjoy a programme of scientific activities at the city’s Life Science Centre.
The centre is hosting a day all about water, with an education show taking place in its planetarium.
The children will learn how Earth observation satellites are used to monitor water cycles and the issues generated by human activity.
The planetarium show will also be open to the general public.
In its second year running, ISCSMD is inviting science centres and museums around the world to show how they can engage with the public and raise awareness around issues such as energy, waste and climate change.
Participating science centres include those in the US, Europe, India and in South Africa.
Representing the UK this year is Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.
“71 per cent of Earth’s surface is covered in water.
Understanding how all this water behaves is a daunting task, but one made easier by use of satellites.
In particular, we can use satellite data to see how the temperature at the surface of the sea varies in space and time,” says Matt Williamson, Science Communication Officer at Life.
“The applications of this technology are huge.
We get accurate forecasts come rain or shine, as well as early warnings of storms and hurricanes, and a solid basis for monitoring and tackling climate change.”
Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.