Stargazing in April

UPDATE 28/4/12: The current weather forecast is for several layers of cloud, further rain showers and strong winds. Therefore it is highly unlikely there will be any stargazing tonight. We’ll try again next month. (We’ll also be at Great Notley tomorrow with solar telescopes, so hopefully the weather will improve!)

This month’s Stargazing night is coming up on Saturday 28th April. It’s held at the Great Notley Discovery Centre & Country Park in Braintree. From 6pm to 9:30pm, we’ll have a range of telescopes set up for you to look through.

If the skies are clear you’ll be able to observe the first-quarter Moon and also the planets Venus, Mars and Saturn. There may also be the chance to see some deep-sky objects and we’ll also try to point out some constellations to you.

If you own a telescope and you need some assistance setting it up, feel free to bring it along and we’ll try to help you. We’ll also try to answer any astronomy questions you might have.

Everyone is welcome to come along and view through the telescopes. The night is free of charge, although there is a site parking fee.
Details of how to find the site are on our Stargazing page here.


  Please be aware that we are dependent on clear weather. If it is cloudy you obviously may not get to see anything! We will still have a couple of members on site in case you have any questions. And if it’s really tipping it down with rain we will likely call off the event – so please use some common sense before setting out.

Note – We will also have a stand at the Essex Greyhound Walks Dog Show at Great Notley Discovery Centre on Sunday 29th April, with some solar telescopes to safely look at the Sun. So feel free to come along to that too.

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