Pupils reach for the stars to celebrate work of famous astronomer
SCHOOLCHILDREN and university art students had stars in their eyes after painting a mural which will fit around a re-creation of one of the world's most famous telescopes.
The 20ft working model will be based on the telescope used by Sir Frederick William Herschel, who is considered one of the greats of astronomical history for, among other achievements, his discovery of the planet Uranus and its moons.
The replica will be a permanent fixture at the University of Derby's Markeaton Street site. It is being recreated as part of the project involving the BBC's popular Stargazing Live programme, which returns for a new series in the new year.
The project will explore Herschel's revolutionary techniques in telescope design and will be used in an attempt to observe the cosmos during the live Stargazing shows on January 8, 9 and 10.
Derby and District Astronomical Society members have also helped the project.