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Celebration of the moon at observatory open night

Posted onPosted on 4th Sep

Sherwood Observatory at Sutton is to host a public open night as part of a worldwide celebration of the moon.

Saturday, 5th October has been themed as international Observe The Moon Night. It will highlight lunar science and exploration.

A spokesman for the observatory said: “One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with our nearest neighbour.

“Society member Angus Wright will be delivering rolling talks for the evening in the lecture room.

“Nigel Cunnington will be heading the radio astronomy section, now utilising the new radio astronomy centre. He will have meteorites to view and hold.

“The usual telescope set up with eyes on the sky will hopefully entice the general public into becoming budding astronomers!”

Refreshments and merchandise will be available.

There is disabled access to all areas and toilets, but visitors are advised that the main telescope is housed in the dome at the top of a spiral staircase.

There is limited free on-site parking and visitors are advised to wear warm clothing. Gates open at 6.45pm, and close when the last visitor has left.

Admission is adults £6, under-16s (accompanied by an adult) £2.

Booking is not required. Email events@sherwood-observatory.org.uk or go to www.sherwood-observatory.org.uk or call 01623 552276.

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