March 2013 Stargazing Night
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.