Space research at Dundee’s Mills Observatory

Members of the public can visit a free project in Dundee which demonstrates how a minuscule worm helps with world-leading research.

Mills Observatory’s ‘Outer Space/Inner Space The Giant Worm’ event showcases the work of C. elegans — a minute creature that lives in compost — in research carried out at the University of Dundee. Visitors can get up close and personal with the worm’s inner world through a giant video wall at the observatory’s planetarium.

Nasa and other space agencies use the creature to test the effects of space on ageing and weightlessness.

The installation is free to view until March 31 from 4-10pm Monday to Friday and 12.30-4pm at weekends.

Picture shows project manager Rolf Black examining a petri dish containing the microscopic worms.