Physics in the Field Wows the Crowds at Bluedot

14 August 2017

The Institute of Physics Manchester and District Branch returned again this year to Jodrell Bank in Cheshire for the Bluedot music and science festival with another fantastic Physics in the Field event.



It was a very busy three-day weekend wowing children and adults alike with fun physics tricks including the Amazing Marshmallows, Waterproof Hanky, Bernoulli Balls, Tame Tornado and the ever-popular Balloon Kebabs. Watched over by the giant dish of Jodrell Bank’s Lovell Telescope, the Physics in the Field team were also out in the crowds of The Star Field providing both entertainment and education by demonstrating the transport of acoustic waves in solids with musical oven shelves and explaining topology through entangling rope puzzles.

Meanwhile, other visitors could experience a huge range of musical performances, science talks, inspiring exhibitions and breath-taking experiences including headline acts from The Pixies, Orbital, Goldfrapp, Soulwax, Leftfield and Alt-J.

Having started in 2011 as “Live from Jodrell Bank”, the festival became Bluedot in 2016 in reference to the scientist and broadcaster Carl Sagan who coined the phrase “pale blue dot” to describe the planet Earth, our home, as viewed from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft as it left the Solar System in 1989.

Bluedot will return for another fun-packed weekend of music, science and lots more beside on 20–22 July 2018. Catch up on the latest updates on

Finally, a big thank you to the 24 volunteers who turned out to help at the Physics in the Field stall at Bluedot 2017 – we could not have made it such a great success without you!

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