There will be different topics on each day and some will include practical activities. It is anticipated that each session will be about 1 hour long and there will be 2 sessions per day one at 11am and one at 2pm.
Monday 9th September
'An Introduction to Stargazing and Recognising Some of the Constellations.' Sandra Voss
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought about the stars? Have you ever thought about the patterns of stars we call the constellations and how they came to be? As a brief introduction to whet your appetite, these short talks will guide you through some of the more recognisable patterns of stars and will help you navigate your way across the night sky.
Tuesday 10th September
'3D Like It Used To Be' Jeremy Harrison
With the recent boom in 3D cinema and virtual reality, it would be safe to assume 3D is a fairly recent invention. The real story however, goes back at least 150 years - almost to the birth of photography itself.
In this session we will look at the Victorian system of imaging and have access to over 1000 images and several types of viewers. We will travel back in time to a middle class parlour and witness the wonders of the age!
Wednesday 11th September
'The Fascinating art of Ink and Bleach' Laura Green
Come and try out this stunning art form using ink and dilute bleach. It is recommended that you do not wear your best clothes for this activity (aprons will be provided).
Thursday 12th September
'The History of the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux'. Barry Howse
This world famous scientific institution was founded in 1675 by Charles II and throughout its 323-year history made significant contributions to navigation, the measurement of time and not least, our understanding of the Universe. Why did it relocate from Greenwich to Herstmonceux and what problems were encountered with the move? Who were the people employed here and what work did they undertake? What is the significance of the large silver dome that has been a feature of the local landscape for over fifty years? These and many other questions will be answered during an informative talk about a time that for many was considered to be a golden age for British astronomy. There will also be a chance to view rare archive photos from the RGO years at Herstmonceux.
Friday 13th September
'Telescopes or Binoculars? Which one is best for beginners in Astronomy?' Sandra Voss
Getting into the fascinating subject of astronomy or just stargazing brings a wealth of instrumentation into the picture. Do you need any equipment to begin with ? What do you need to get started? How much should you spend? It all depends on what you want to achieve as a beginner. Come along and find out where to start.
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