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Isle of Wight stargazing event launched

Thu 19 Jan 2012

Isle of Wight stargazing event launched

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays this week may be tempted to go along to a stargazing event that is being held on the island tomorrow (January 20th).

Groups will be invited to attend Isle of Wight Observatory, Watery Lane, Newchurch, in order to measure the darkness of the sky as part of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the British Astronomical Society Dark Skies campaign.

Millions of people are currently watching the BBC's Stargazing Live programme, so it could be a good opportunity to go along and find out more, reports the Isle of Wight County Press.

Sue Curd of Vectis Astronomical Society said: "It has been really successful in the past. We had about 50 people attend last year."

The Isle of Wight Planetarium at Fort Victoria is also holding stargazing events throughout the course of next week, with no charge.

Last year, Professor Brian Cox presented Stargazing Live on the Isle of Wight.

Posted by Adam PearsonADNFCR-3083-ID-801269354-ADNFCR

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