February 2013 Stargazing Night

On the evening of Saturday 16th February, NEAS astronomers will be at the Great Notley Country Park in Braintree for another night of astronomy from 6pm to 9pm.
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If the skies are clear, there’ll be a range of telescopes set up for you to observe the night sky through.

On offer that night could be the planet Jupiter and its moons, a crescent Moon (showing details of the lunar craters) and the bright star Sirius in the southern sky next to the constellation of Orion. We’ll try to find some deep-sky objects, as well as pointing out the different constellations.

CO74780_01 stars LOUISE SMITHIf you own a telescope and you need some assistance setting it up, please feel free to come along and we’ll try to help you get set up. 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 usual 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, so just following the pathway round to find us.

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.

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Posted on 7 February, 2013, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Stargazing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on February 2013 Stargazing Night.

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