Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress rounds-up a quartet of popular stargazing events in April, when it welcomes the public to observe the night sky from the gun platform of the Napoleonic fortress for free.
With clearer skies than in previous months, on April 16 it is highly likely that the planets of Jupiter and Mars will be visible through the eye of the telescope, provided the weather offers clear skies.
Keen stargazers can peer at the night sky from the gun platform of the Redoubt Fortress on April 16 from 8pm to 10pm, in an evening hosted by the Eastbourne Astronomical Society and which is completely free to attend.
As well as the possibility of spotting the planets, stargazers can also expect to see craters on the moon, stars in the galaxy and small points of light in the far-off distance, which unbeknownst to the naked eye are actually new stars being formed - the Orion nebulae.
During this final stargazing event in the winter/spring series, an indoor presentation will be given by passionate astronomers from the Eastbourne Astronomical Society, providing a family friendly tour of the night sky, guidance on how to use a telescope and some astronomical facts.
Cllr Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for culture, tourism and enterprise, said, “Due to the popularity of the Redoubt’s stargazing events last year, a fourth evening has been added to the spring bill this year and with high numbers of attendance at all of this year’s stargazing events so far, April’s warmer temperatures will no doubt bring in the crowds for the final event of the series.
“With the chance of seeing Jupiter and Mars, and the incredible Orion nebulae, I couldn’t recommend this stargazing event more highly for a memorable and special spring experience.”
Anyone with an interest in astronomy, beginners or more experienced stargazers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the night sky, are welcomed and encouraged to attend the free event. Telescopes will be provided by members of the Eastbourne Astronomical Society, but people are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars if they wish. Visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.
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