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Stars in their eyes

The secrets of lasers, galaxies and stars were explored by a group of Tayside and Fife school pupils at a recent open day at the University of St Andrews.

The 100 sixth-year pupils were taking part in the TUSLIP Day of Physics (Tayside Universities- Schools Liaison in Physics), an annual event aimed at promoting physics and astronomy as an exciting and challenging career.

Experiments included identifying distant galaxies, measuring the properties of electrons and exploring the properties of lasers. The pupils also experienced a first-year lecture and listened to a talk on the formation of stars and planets. The day was rounded off with a presentation on careers based on physics and astronomy and the increasing relevance of physics to our everyday lives and to new technologies.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: tuslip.2000/standrews/chg/16oct2000

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