Thursday, 27 February 2014

National Astronomy Week - Target Jupiter



The National Week of Astronomy starts on 1st March, and celebrates the largest planet in the Solar System - JUPITER.
'Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public. The Observatory Science Centre is playing its part and this is your chance to look at the night sky through some of the country's largest telescopes.'

Wealden Astronomers have been invited to assist with this years events. The following events are open for the general public to attend, although you will need to book your place with the Observatory Science Centre directly for the catered events, as per the details below:

Saturday 1st March - Open Evening We start NAW with an Open Evening. Everyone is welcome to attend. Keep your fingers crossed for a fabulous launch with clear skies and some great viewing. The evening also corresponds with the Campaign to Protect Rural England's STAR COUNT project. This project asks as many people as possible to get involved counting the number of stars they can see within the 4 corners of the constellation Orion. You can log your results online and be in with a chance to win a telescope! This project is helping to monitor light pollution. If you don't know where Orion is then don't worry there are plenty of people here who do and they will be able to guide you through what you need to do. All viewing is subject to weather permitting.
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price. NO BOOKING REQUIRED


Thursday 6th - "Adults Only!"A fun filled evening without any children hogging the exhibits! Come and have a great time exploring the Centre with its 100+ interactive exhibits. Its time to let your hair down and get in touch with your inner child. The cafe will be open and there will be a bar, plus a chance to see what happens inside our mobile planetarium. All this plus a fantastic opportunity to look through the historic telescopes (weather permitting) and get involved with the Campaign to Protect Rural England's STAR COUNTproject. This project asks as many people as possible to get involved counting the number of stars they can see within the 4 corners of the constellation Orion. You can log your results online and be in with a chance to win a telescope! This project is helping to monitor light pollution. All viewing is subject to weather permitting.
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price. NO BOOKING REQUIRED
PLEASE NOTE THAT WITHOUT EXCEPTION THERE ARE NO CHILDREN ALLOWED ON THIS EVENING


Friday 7th - Open Evening 
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price NO BOOKING REQUIRED


Saturday 8th - "A Curry with Jupiter"To celebrate the end of National Astronomy Week come and join us for a heart warming curry and a complimentary glass of wine or juice before listening to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Following all this you will be taken on a trip to the stars as you are given the opportunity to look through some of the largest telescopes in the country. For further information see THEMED EVENINGS. All viewing is subject to weather permitting.
Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Cost: £23.95 BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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