PLEASE NOTE: This event gives you the option of including food in your admission price. Standard price is £18 and with food it is just £24.50. This appears in the booking form.
There is a drop down menu in the booking form where you can select from the following:
- Burger & Fries
- Falafel Burger & Fries
- Frankfurter Hot Dog & Fries
- Sausage Bap & Fries
Food will be available from the Launch Box between 7.30pm and 9pm prior to the talk and must be booked in advance. There will also be a bar available in the cafe which will be selling hot drinks too.
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.
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 disintegrate 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 very bright and will be with us throughout the evening which will wash out the least bright meteors but there is always something worth seeing in the sky!
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.
COVID-19 Safety Information: It will be great to be able to look through the telescopes again and we now know that transmission of COVID-19 is very rare from surfaces. However, we do have to state that looking through the telescopes is at your own risk.
If you are looking for a present then a Gift Ticket package for this event is available from our online shop here
This event will go ahead regardless of the weather and no refund can be issued if the weather does not permit viewing. If the weather does not permit viewing then a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will take place.
Suitable for adults only
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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