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Discover the night sky at observatory

Posted onPosted on 31st Aug
Discover the night sky at observatory

The wonders of the night sky will be brought to life at three open evenings organised by Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society.

The events on Saturday, 29th September, Saturday, 20th October — which is also International Observe The Moon Night — and Saturday, 17th November, will be based at Sherwood Observatory, Sutton.

Visitors can view the night sky through the society’s main computer-guided 24-inch Newtonian reflector telescope, as well as a variety of smaller telescopes and binoculars on its external pad.

Society members will guide people around the night sky, pointing out the wonders of the solar system and beyond.

Radio astronomy equipment will listen to the sounds of space and track incoming meteors.

There will also be a rolling talk throughout the evenings, presented by a society members.

At the end of the evenings, visitors will be given a free star map, or factsheet to take away.

The observatory is on Coxmoor Road. There is disabled access to all areas, but the main telescope is housed in the dome at the top of a spiral staircase.

Refreshments and astronomy-themed merchandise will be on sale. There is limited free on-site parking.

Gates open at 6.45pm. Viewing is weather dependent, which will not affect radio astronomy or the talk.
Admission is £5 adults, £1 under-16s (accompanied by an adult).

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