The city was chosen as the site for a replica of Herschel’s 20ft telescope, unveiled live on the BBC2 Stargazing progamme this week.
Katie Smith from the Science Garden says: “If it wasn’t for the help and support of everyone connected with the Science Garden, I think it’s safe to say that this telescope would never have been built in Derby.
“It was through the success of last year’s Science Garden launch/Stargazing Live event that the BBC got in touch in late October to discuss the possibility of placing the telescope in Alvaston Park. Unfortunately, the park wasn’t a viable option, but it allowed an opportunity to make a very strong case for Derby and we were successful in fighting off national competition.
“Viewing figures for this year’s BBC Stargazing Live are expected to exceed 6 million and Derby featured prominently. This is a very proud moment for Derby and thank you all for helping make this happen.”
Alvaston Park Friends, Derby City Council, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby and District Astronomical Society, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Room and Interactive Science Ltd are all coming together to celebrate with a Star Party this weekend at Alvaston Park.