BUDDING stargazers can make the most of National Astronomy Week when the University of Southampton hosts a free astronomical event for all the family.

People are invited to see the stars and planets, in particular Jupiter which will be highly visible at this time, either from the comfort of the university’s inflatable mobile planetarium, or from the rooftop observatories.

The Astrodome will be running planetarium shows during the evening of March 8 from 5pm and there will be a number of tours to view the stars and planets through the roof telescopes.

As the event also takes place on International Women’s Day, there will be three talks on astronomy research by Dr Caitriona Jackman, Dr Sadie Jones and Professor Malcolm Coe with theme of celebrating “Women in Astronomy”.

The roof tours, planetarium shows, Zooniverse workshops and talks are free but require tickets, which can be booked at womenastro.eventbrite.co.uk There are lots of other free activities throughout the evening that do not require tickets.