November 2012 Stargazing Night

This Saturday evening (17th November), we will again be at the Great Notley Country Park in Braintree for a evening of stargazing from 6pm to 9pm, with a range of telescopes set up for you to look through.

If the skies are clear you’ll be able to observe the planet Jupiter and its moons through our telescopes. There may also be the chance to see the crescent Moon, and we’ll try to find some deep-sky objects as well as pointing out the different constellations.

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 our telescopes. The night is free of charge, although there may be a site car parking fee (ignore the notices regarding the car park closing time). Details of how to find the site are on our Stargazing page here.

We will be set up behind the Discovery Centre building in this photo, so just following the path round to find us.

Image by David Warrington

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


Posted on 13 November, 2012, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Public Meetings, Stargazing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mrs C. Underwood

    Disappointed Abberton Reservoir meeting for the 19/01/13 is already fully booked, so my 14yr old will have his enthusiasm dampened. Is there another meeting close to Colchester area we could attend please??

  2. It’s the first time we’ve used Abberton Reservoir for such an event, so if successful there will likely be more in the near future.

    I believe Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre (also run by the Essex Wildlife Trust) are holding some other smaller scale astronomy nights, so have a look on their site for more info.

    Or look on BBC Things to Do for other events taking place in the area.

    Otherwise, we have stargazing nights every month in Braintree – so feel free to come along to them.

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