The evening will begin with a selection of cheeses and wine and will be followed by an informative talk by a guest speaker.
Following the talk, weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to try and spot some fast moving meteors with the unaided eye and look through the telescopes at other interesting celestial objects including the magnificent planets, Jupiter and Saturn.
The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind are called meteoroids. As they enter the Earth's atmosphere they 'burn' up with the larger pieces producing bright streams - meteors - that you can see with the unaided eye before they fade away. These bright streams are also known as shooting stars and can be seen from 17th July until 24th August. The maximum is actually in the early hours of the 13th August when you may see up to 60-80 shooting stars per hour. Unfortunately this year the Moon will be extremely bright and wash out the least bright of the meteors but it is always worth a look for those extra bright ones!
The evening aims to be both informal and informative. If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing. On the tour you will be taken into domes not open to the public during the day.
Numbers are limited to 100 (age 18+ only), so book early to secure your place.
To make a booking please just phone The Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your place(s) using a credit or debit card. Gift Tickets are available for this event.
Please wear warm clothing and sensible footware and please bring a torch, preferably red light. The Centre, has been built on different levels with high walkways and steps, please be very careful when walking around The Centre especially in the hours of darkness.
While the Centre makes every effort to accomodate wheel chair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the building (grade II* listed), the telescopes are accessed by steep narrow stairs. If you require further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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