Pupils look at the universe

Youngsters have been stepping out of the classroom to learn more about the universe.

Pupils at Whitley Bay High School were given a special presentation by two Durham University scientists at the forefront of physics research.

PhD students Helen Johnson and Andrew Robertson spoke about their work studying the universe, explaining how astronomers must combine the power of highly sophisticated computer simulations and the world’s largest telescopes, to unravel the mysteries of these extreme and complex environments.

Helen uses data from a telescope in Chile to glimpse how galaxies looked almost 10 billion years ago, while Andrew uses a supercomputer to simulate the evolution of the Universe.

Members of the school’s astronomy club, alongside GCSE and A-level physics students were able to ask questions.