Monday, 21 September 2015

Open Observatory Update

Now that the summer break has finished and the longer nights are approaching it seems a good time to give you all an update on our coming Open Observatory events.

The weather forecast for the lunar eclipse due in the early hours of Monday morning is not looking good. The current forecast predicts that during the eclipse there will be 98% cloud cover! We all know that the weather forecast can change but if it remains unfavourable then this event will not run. If this happens we will aim to link to a live webcast of the eclipse so that you can enjoy it from home. Keep an eye on this page for further updates.

We have some exciting guest speakers lined up for our other Open Observatory events over the next few months, including:

  • October 8th at 8pm: Dr Helen Walker, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory - Seeing the Invisible Universe.
  • November 19th at 7pm: Professor Andrew Norton, The Open University - Gaia: Mapping the Galaxy.
  • December 14th at 9pm: Professor Nigel J Mason, The Open University - Astrochemistry: The Cradle of Life.
  • January 21st at 6pm: Professor John Bridges, University of Leicester - Mars Curiosity.

These talks will go ahead even in the event of bad weather and we will go out to view the night sky in the observatory following the talk if the skies are clear.

If you would like to book places for any of these events please contact: or Miss Flood. All events are free to attend and open to the public. Children under the age of 16 who are not Space Studio students must be accompanied by an adult. Space Studio students must have a signed permission slip (see Miss Flood).

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