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UCLan stargazing event moved indoors due to typical Preston weather

Posted on - 16th January, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
George and Jack Slater from Goosnargh Primary School

George and Jack Slater from Goosnargh Primary School

Preston’s weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm for the night’s sky shared by many budding astronomers.

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University of Cental Lancashire astronomy experts were joined by members of the Preston and District Astronomical Society to share their knowledge.

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The stargazing event was due to take place outside in the Fylde Road car park on campus but was moved into 53 Degrees.

Specialist technology was used to show what the skies above Preston would look like had it not been for the weather.

Youngsters also got advice on how to use their own telescopes.

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Kate Whelan from Cottam Primary School with Steven Gough – Kelly, a first year astronomy and physics student from UCLan

Kate Whelan from Cottam Primary School with Steven Gough – Kelly, a first year astronomy and physics student from UCLan

One attendee commented: “Thank you very much for putting this on. It gave me renewed enthusiasm to actively view the skies. Fantastic.”

Another added: “The talk was brilliant and UCLan’s Dr Stewart Eyres made it very clear, understandable and interesting.”

Talk being given as part of UCLan's stargazing event

Talk being given as part of UCLan’s stargazing event

UCLan lecturer Dr Joanne Pledger from the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute led the event.

She said: “We can never predict the weather and while it was a shame we weren’t able to go outside and view the night sky, we still put on a great event for the whole community with the excellent support from PADAS.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback so far and it’s great to know that many of the visitors have been inspired to go on and pursue their interest in astronomy.”

Did you go along? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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