CRGS AstroFest 2009 – Thursday 12th March

AstroFest 2009 – Thursday 12th March, 7.00 – 9.30 p.m.

This is an evening of astronomy with the North Essex Astronomical Society (NEAS) and the Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS), which aims to raise the profile of this important science, in what is currently the International Year of Astronomy, being also 400 years since Galileo completely changed our ideas about the Solar System.

The AstroFest will begin at 7 p.m. in the school hall with a one hour lecture by author and science journalist Dr Stuart Clark, on his latest book The Sun Kings. This is an account of how astronomers found the link between solar activity and the Northern lights. Dr Clark has written articles for New Scientist magazine and was formerly editor of Astronomy Now magazine. He currently writes articles for the BBC magazine Focus and also for the European Space Agency. After the lecture, Dr Clark will host a brief question and answer session on his talk and any other astronomical topics you can think of.

From 8.15 to 9.30 p.m. there will be a team of astronomers from the NEAS in the school grounds outside the science block. Weather permitting, guests will be able to see the planets Venus and Saturn, the comet Lulin, the Moon, the Orion Nebula as well as any other objects that can be observed (taking into account the location and light pollution). If the weather is poor then there will still be a film and displays to look at after the lecture. The NEAS will also be on hand to give advice about astronomy, observing and telescopes.


The event is open to the general public and there is no need to book. However the astronomy lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m. and seats in the Hall will be allocated on a ‘first come-first served’ basis until capacity is reached. Car parking will be available via the Creffield Road entrance. If you have any questions about the event, contact CRGS at on (01206) 509100 or



7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Astronomy Lecture by Dr. Stuart Clark (School Hall)

8 p.m. – 8.15 p.m. Question and answer session with Dr Clark.

8.15 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Observing sessions with NEAS (outside the science block)

Throughout the evening displays, a film and advice



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