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Free stargazing event to take place in Preston

Posted on - 16th March, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Moor Park, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, What's On in Preston
The observatory in Moor Park is operated by UCLan Pic: Paul Melling
The observatory in Moor Park is operated by UCLan Pic: Paul Melling

Prestonians are being urged to look up and join in a stargazing event.

Moor Park Observatory, owned and operated by the University of Central Lancashire, is the venue for the event which runs as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live series.

During Wednesday 29 March the observatory will be giving tours of the night sky above Moor Park.

Lecturer in mathematics, physics and astronomy Dr Mark Norris said: “Stargazing is increasingly popular and we want to harness that enthusiasm right here in Preston at the newly opened Moor Park Observatory. It is the ideal venue to not only explore the night sky, but to celebrate the city’s exciting astronomy history. We even have the Observatory’s old telescope for visitors to see and although it doesn’t work anymore, it’s a wonderful artefact to share.

“From knowledgeable amateurs to beginners, the event is open to all and the UCLan astrophysics team and PADAS will be available to answer questions throughout the evening.”

Read more: Kids enjoy looking at the stars in Preston

Milky Way taken from Tenerife in March 2015 by Andy Wellington, member of PADAS
Milky Way taken from Tenerife in March 2015 by Andy Wellington, member of PADAS

The event takes place from 7pm to 10pm and attendance is free, although anyone wanting to attend needs to register via Eventbrite.

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