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UCLan to host free stargazing event

Posted on - 5th December, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Events, Nightlife, UCLan

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will host a free stargazing event this month.

Update: UCLan has been forced to postpone the event due to bad weather

Stargazing Live will come to Preston for a free event in partnership with Preston and District Astronomical Society (PADAS).

Experts from UCLan and PADAS are teaming up on Tuesday, December 15 to give visitors a tour of the night sky.

Dr Joanne Pledger, the UCLan lecturer leading the event, said: “We’re really excited about harnessing this growing national enthusiasm for exploring the night sky and bringing it to the people of Preston.

“From little astronomers to keen amateur star gazers there will be something for everyone and the UCLan astrophysics team will be on hand to answers questions about space and stars.

“It will be a great community event.”

Stargazing Live is being held to tie in with the launch of British astronaut Tim Peake being launched to the International Space Station and the BBC Stargazing Live special event that goes out on the same night.

If you have your own telescope then you’re encouraged to bring them along for advice on how best to use them from PADAS and UCLan experts.

PADAS will also be showcasing their own beautiful images of the night sky.

Those with children will have the Little Astronomers Activity Corner with lots of hands-on star themed activities and the cahnce to win a Galileo telescope.

This free event will take place 6-9pm on the Fylde Road car park. You are encouraged to sign up here in case extreme weather forces organisers to cancel the event.

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