March 2013 Stargazing Night

CO74780_01 stars LOUISE SMITHUPDATE: Tonight’s event has now been cancelled, not only due to the poor weather but also due to the current waterlogged nature of the site. Sorry – we’ll try again next month!

On the evening of Saturday 16th March, NEAS astronomers will be at the Great Notley Country Park in Braintree for a night of astronomy from 6pm to 9pm.

If the skies are clear, there’ll be a range of telescopes set up through which you’ll be able to observe the night sky.

The planet Jupiter will be high in the sky, along with a crescent Moon, and the constellations of Taurus, Orion and Canis Major.

We will also be trying to find Comet Pan-STARRS, which should be low in the west just after sunset – but we can’t guarantee it!

If you own a telescope and you need some assistance setting it up,  and 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. Please park in the site’s public carp park (there may be a site car parking fee) which will remain open until 9pm. 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 walkway 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 raining/snowing down 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 12 March, 2013, in Astronomy News, Observing News, Popular Science, Stargazing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Are Dace or Trout also allowed in the Car Park? Thanks Hehe ))

    Best Wishes From Dee

  2. Hi, I thought you guys were at Abberton Reservoir on the 16th? Have I got that wrong?

  3. Yep, it is on the same night – we fortunately have enough volunteers to cover both events.

    The events at Abberton Reservoir are a separate affair, run with Essex Wildlife Trust and require pre-booking to attend. And as it’s already fully booked, I didn’t mention it again here. (There will be more events at Abberton, but only seasonally – next one likely in the summer)

  4. Thanks, looking forward to it 🙂 (snow permiting!)

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