Keep your eyes to the skies for astronomy festival

Saturday night at the 2012 Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival. Looking across the site towards Domes A, B and C.JPET Museum at Night May13
Saturday night at the 2012 Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival. Looking across the site towards Domes A, B and C.JPET Museum at Night May13

Visitors to the Herstmonceux Science Centre will be looking to the skies this weekend (September 7-9) as the venue is holding an Astronomy Festival.

On Friday and Saturday evenings there will be the opportunity to view the stars through some of the country’s largest historic telescopes (weather permitting), visits to the amateur radio group of Sussex, a Saturday evening prize-winning Astronomy Pub Quiz and an all night observing area.

During the day on Saturday, there will be lectures by Dr Paul Roche, Dr Robert Smith, Dr Paul Woods, Dr Ian Crawford and Nik Szymanek (£2 extra per lecture), visits to the Radio Shack with hands-on demonstrations of morse code and satellite tracking, talks about the telescopes and informal talks with Astronomia.

And on Sunday there is a talk and demonstration by Dr Paul Roche on The Faulkes Telescope, a family oriented talk on The Solar System in 20 Metres by Dave Woods, a talk by amateur astronomer Gary Palmer The Basics of Solar Imaging, talks about the historic telescopes, rocket making and launching and Star Wars characters. Other attractions include trade stalls, viewing through solar telescopes, planetarium shows, science shows, astronomy societies and over 90 hands-on science exhibits.

There will be the usual beer tent and refreshments, an opportunity to visit the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle and a raffle.

or further information contact the Observatory Science Centre (details below) or visit our website www.the-observatory.org

Visitors can camp at the Castle, the cost is £10 per pitch per night.

Admission per individual session (there are four separate sessions Friday evening 6.30pm – 11pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Saturday Evening 6.30pm – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm) is £7.80 adult, £6.10 senior, £5.85 child, £24.10 for a family.

Or pay for the whole weekend at a cost of £30 per adults, £23 per senior, £20 per child and £90 for a family of four.

Weekend registration does not include camping.