April Stargazing at Great Notley
On Saturday 8th April we will host the next in our series of public stargazing nights at Great Notley Country Park. From 6.00–9.00pm we will have telescopes set up and you will be able to view the Moon, stars, nebulae, galaxies and any visible planets. We can teach you about the constellations and how to recognise them, and answer any questions you may have about astronomy or telescopes. The event is free (site parking fee applies). There is no need to book: just turn up any time from 6.00pm. We can be found somewhere in the vicinity of the main building, near the Sky Ropes.
Please note that now we are into British Summer Time, sunset will not be until around 19.45. This means there will be little to see in the early part of the evening. We may be able to do some solar observing, and we are happy to use this time to answer questions on astronomy and telescopes.
Our stargazing sessions are suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The ground underfoot can be quite muddy after rain, so please bring appropriate footwear, and wrap up warm – never underestimate how cold it can get standing around, even in the spring/summer.
If it is raining, the event will be cancelled. If cloudy, viewing may be limited, and we may choose to cancel if we think there is no chance it will clear. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates on the event, or call the park on 01376 347134. If the weather looks changeable we will usually make the decision by 3pm.
Details of how to get to the park can be found on our Stargazing page.