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Free science festival for all ages is Nov. 6 at UCLA

Exploring Your Universe allows visitors to participate in activities, watch demonstrations and hear talks by renowned faculty

Exploring Your Universe
Stuart Wolpert/UCLA

Science festival visitors will have an opportunity to touch meteorites.

Touch a large meteorite, launch a rocket, take a peek at the planets, make your own cloud in a bottle, and attend a planetarium show that reproduces the starry sky. You can do all this and more for free on Sunday, Nov. 6, at UCLA’s annual Exploring Your Universe science festival.

The interactive event, open to visitors of all ages, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the campus’ Court of Sciences (map), with additional activities planned for 5 to 8 p.m., weather permitting. After sunset, for example, you may view the sky through a 14-inch telescope.

Guest parking is $12; enter UCLA at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme avenues.

In addition to the demonstrations and activities, Exploring Your Universe will also feature talks by renowned UCLA faculty members on such topics as climate change, black holes and galaxies, cancer biology and genetics.

The festival has become one of the country’s largest and most popular days of learning about science. About 6,000 people attended the 2015 event. The outreach program is put on entirely by volunteers and is funded by donations.

“Exploring Your Universe is fun and educational for kids and adults, and presents a new way to understand the world,” said Xinnan Du, a UCLA astronomy graduate student and one of the event’s organizers. “Many people get intimidated by science, but this event enables you to visualize and experience the science that is all around you, which may change your thoughts about the world we live in.”

Watch a video about the annual event.

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