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BBC Stargazing Live 2015

posted 13 Feb 2015, 06:23 by Pete Collins   [ updated 28 Mar 2015, 06:53 ]
Stargazing Live will be on TV 18-20 March 2015. We will be holding 2 events in partnership with SGL.

On the morning of 20 March there will be an eclipse of the Sun, when 89% of the Sun's disc as seen from Manchester will be obscured, something like this -

We will be holding a public event in front of the Orangery at Heaton Hall on 20 March from 8.30am to 11am to view the eclipse. We will have a solar telescope, specially adapted binoculars and eclipse glasses so you can look at the sun safely. If the weather is bad we will have indoor displays and will show the BBC's live broadcast of the eclipse. Free to attend. Hot drinks available. See our News page for eclipse day photos

On Thursday 26 March 7-9pm we will be at our normal venue, the bowls pavilion, for a session aimed at those who are new to astronomy or want to learn more. If the sky is clear we will have telescopes outside for you to look through - Venus, Jupiter and the Orion Nebula are some of the objects you will be able to see. If it's cloudy we will be having talks on finding your away around the night sky, what you would have been able to see if it had been clear (!), satellites of the solar system and a Q&A session. Free to attend. Refreshments available. Full disabled access.