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Be a part of Stargazing Weekend on the Isle of Wight

Wed 18 Sep 2013

Be a part of Stargazing Weekend on the Isle of Wight

Budding astronomers paying a visit to the Isle of Wight within the next couple of months should attend one of the two Stargazing Weekends being hosted by the Island Planetarium in Yarmouth.

Taking place between October 4th and 6th and November 1st and 3rd, the events promise to be an exciting and educational experience for newcomers to astronomy and amateurs alike.

Both weekends have been chosen specifically for their closeness to the New Moon, which is when the skies are darkest and it is easier to spot constellations.

Several talks and demonstrations will be held throughout each weekend, providing participants with the chance to handle telescopes and study the night sky with the help of experienced astronomers.

Only 15 people can enter the individual teaching sessions, so the class is as personal as possible, which means you may want to book your place sooner rather than later.

Entry for the whole weekend is £45 per person, and considering all activities will be taking place in the evening, you may want to reserve a room at a local hotel or B&B.

On the Friday evening, you will receive an introduction to stargazing between 8pm and 10.30pm, before a talk on Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm about how to observe the sun using special telescopes.

Participants can spend Saturday afternoon as they wish, whether they want to make a trip to the planetarium's observatory or just explore the site in their own way.

More stargazing will ensue on Saturday evening, along with a talk on the 'Life and Death of Stars', while Sunday morning is to be spent looking at how people can continue their interest in the stars.

The weekend is the perfect way to nurture your passion for astronomy and can equip you with loads of fantastic stargazing skills, plus you'll be able to mingle with like-minded individuals who share your passion for space.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801638976-ADNFCR

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