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Rearranged stargazing event to take place on UCLan car park

Posted on - 5th January, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, News, Things To Do, UCLan, University
Stargazers will get the chance to look at the night sky with astronomy experts Pic: Aran Smithson

Stargazers will get the chance to look at the night sky with astronomy experts Pic: Aran Smithson

Looking up above the city to see the stars is back on in Preston.

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Cancelled due to poor weather before Christmas the event, organised by the University of Central Lancashire, is a chance for all stargazers.

The university had coincided the original event in December with astronaut Tim Peake being launched to the International Space Station.

However, the Preston weather had other ideas for the open air event as heavy rain forced astronomers to pack up their telescopes.

Astronomy experts from the university and members of the Preston and District Astronomical Society give visitors a tour of the night sky.

UCLan lecturer Dr Joanne Pledger from the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy is leading the event.

She 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.”

The event takes place on the Fylde Road car park, formerly the Goss site, with free parking on campus.

You can register online to confirm attendance at the event which takes place on Wednesday 13 January from 6pm. Original tickets are still valid.

Will you be going along? Let us know in the comments below

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