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Free star gazing events to inspire and delight

Thu 9 Jan 2014

Free star gazing events to inspire and delight

Avid stargazers have been tuning into the BBC's Stargazing series this week and watching the secrets of the universe unravel with the help of Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara O'Briain.

Those inspired by what they have seen on the television should head to the Isle of Wight this Friday (January 10th) where they will find not one, but two free stargazing events to keep them entertained.

The Vectis Astronomical Society will be offering the chance to attend a free event at Watery Lane Observatory in Newchurch, with the meeting time set for 7pm. Attendees are advised to wrap up warm and keep the January chill in mind, and they will also need to bring a torch.

There will be plenty of telescopes on hand, although amateur stargazers are welcome to bring their own along if they would feel more comfortable, and a local expert to guide you through the stunning sights.

Alternatively, the Island Planetarium will be holding its free event slightly earlier on the same day at 6:30pm, with the primary focus of the event being to introduce new people to stargazing or to offer a refresher to those who have let their knowledge of the night sky slide.

Booking is required for this particular extravaganza as it has proven very popular in the past. A qualified astronomer will be in attendance to ensure participants get the most out of the experience.

The Isle of Wight is a particularly popular area for stargazing, with the largely rural landscape meaning there is little or no light pollution across the landmass.

If the BBC series has inspired you to take up the activity, or if you've been meaning to dust off the old telescope but can't make this weekend, it is worth noting that both institutes run regular sessions throughout the year.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801680679-ADNFCR

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