April 2014 Stargazing Night

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Update 5/4/14 at 5pm: current forecast is for high percentage cloud cover. We will still be on site in case we get a clear spell and to answer questions, but please bear in mind you may not be able to see anything. Sunset is not until 7.30pm but if it has not cleared by that time we are unlikely to hang about.

On the evening of Saturday 5th April, we will be at the Great Notley Country Park in Braintree for another of our public stargazing nights.

From 6pm to 9pm, NEAS will be at the park with a selection of telescopes set up for you to look through.

If the skies are clear you’ll be able to observe the Moon and the planets Jupiter and Mars. Some deep-sky objects may also be visible.

Note that now the clocks have gone forward, sunset will not be until around 7.30pm, so for the first part of the evening we hope to have a couple of solar telescopes set up to observe the Sun and we can use this time to answer any questions you might have, and give advice about how to start out with astronomy.

Everyone is welcome to come along and view through our telescopes. The night is free of charge. Please park in the site’s public car 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 follow the walkway round to find us. Please try to keep torches pointed toward the ground (to preserve people’s dark adaption).

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 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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