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Stargazing to take place at Hoghton Tower

Posted on - 16th September, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Preston News, What's On in Preston

Hoghton Tower will be the venue, working with the University of Central Lancashire

Hoghton Tower will be the venue, working with the University of Central Lancashire

A chance to glimpse the stars is taking place at Hoghton Tower in November.

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Stargazing at the Tower takes place on Sunday 11 November and sees the banqueting hall turned into a makeshift observatory.

Professor of astrophysics Donald Kurtz will share his knowledge of astronomy and cosmology alongside his UCLan Jeremiah Horrocks colleague Dr Mark Norris.

They will be conducting a Stellarium experience where visitors are going to be able to see the night sky on an interactive domed screen.

Telescopes brought form the Alston Observatory are also being set up in the tower’s wilderness gardens for visitors to do some stargazing of their own.

Professor Kurtz said: “I’m really looking forward to opening up the night sky to keen amateur astronomers of all ages in such a beautiful setting.

“Stargazing is becoming a national hobby so it’s exciting to team up with Hoghton Tower to harness this enthusiasm and answer questions about space and stars.”

Read more: Preston’s observatory is being opened to the public again

An exhibition will also be in the wooden-panelled smoking room from the Preston and District Astronomical Society.

Bits of meteors are being brought in by the society to show the public and giving advice about doing your own stargazing.

Tickets are £32 and money from the night goes to the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust.

The event starts at 5pm and the Kurtz’s lecture is at 6pm.

You can book on via the Hoghton Tower website.

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