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'Star Nights' for the Public

These are public events held in conjunction with a variety of organisations/venues including the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT), Tattershall Castle with the National Trust, Chambers Farm Woods Visitors Centre near Bardney in association with the Forestry Commission and Creswell Crags on the Notts/Derby border. The LWT Starnights will take place at Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre just south of Skegness on the Lincolnshire Coast and at Far Ings Visitor Centre near Barton upon Humber (right image).  Creswell Crags star nights are held at the Visitors Centre at Creswell Crags, Derbyshire.


NOTE: Most events now ask that you book in advance so please refer to their respective web sites for details.

All the evenings will have a basic theme but if the sky is clear then observing with my telescope and with several helpers telescopes will take place instead of (and occasionally as well as) the evening talk. Note that the events still take place even if the sky is cloudy as I will always give a talk based on that nights theme. There will usually be a charge for admission for the public which it should be noted is beyond my control.


Here’s a review done of one of the Creswell Crags Star Nights by Lynzi Pond, E-Marketing Officer, Experience Nottinghamshire.

Very Important!

Always come prepared for observing so make sure you are well wrapped up and have good footwear especially during the winter sessions! By its very nature Astronomy and practical night sky observing are conducted in the dark so neither the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust/Forestry Commission/Normanby Hall/ North Lincolnshire County Council/Creswell Crags, National Trust nor I (Paul Money) accept responsibility for misbehaviour of participants or anyone who doesn't take care in the dark. Please bring small torches but NOT mega bright ones! Binoculars would be useful if you wish to bring them along. Children should be accompanied by adults at all times.  Note that for many events the cut-off time is now 10:00pm but where possible and if conditions allow we may have the option to continue longer if we do have clear skies.


Many thanks to all the volunteer helpers with telescopes and to the various venues & staff for a successful year bringing the wonders of the Universe and night time natural world to the public and lets hope for clear skies for the events currently organised for 2014 and listed below.  

Paul


           Here are just a few of the things we’ve seen on the starnights over the years from various venues. At left is the rising partially eclipsed Sun as seen from Gibraltar Point on Jan 4th 2011.



The Andromeda Galaxy is often a favourite and all the more amazing as it lies 2.5 million light years away!



Another favourite is seeing planets such as Saturn and in the latter half of the year, Jupiter (right).



                Not all ‘starnights’ are actually starnights! Sometimes I hold a ‘Sun Day’ and the view at left was at Gibraltar Point which was cloud free and thoroughly enjoyable with upwards of 40 attending to view the Sun safely and watch the wide range of bird life present!

             




                At right is the view of the rising Lunar eclipse seen from Far Ings, Barton. After a talk describing the moon and explaining eclipses we all gathered in the cold wind on the south bank of the Humber on the afternoon of Dec 10th 2011. Rising up past the south tower of the Humber Bridge the partially eclipsed moon  steadily rose passing through semi clear patches before becoming lost in thicker cloud.


2014 dates

Events supporting BBC Stargazing Live  

Tuesday

Jan 7th

7:00pm to 9:30pm

LWT Far Ings Visitors Centre, Barton upon Humber


Stars and Planets of the Winter Night Sky

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Due to the recent Flooding this event is now cancelled.

Wednesday

Jan 8th

7:30pm to 10pm

Tattershall Castle


The Winter Night sky

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Due to electrical work being undertaken at the Castle this event is now cancelled.


Thursday

Jan 9th

7:30pm to 10:00pm

LWT Gibraltar Point Visitors Centre, Skegness

The Winter Night Sky

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Due to the recent Flooding at the Visitors Centre this event is now cancelled.

Saturday

Jan 11th

TBC

Waters Edge Centre, Barton upon Humber?

The Winter Night Sky


Take a ramble through the Winter stars and seek out the giant planet Jupiter. THIS EVENT IS STILL TO BE CONFIRMED

Normal Star Nights

Friday

February 28th

7:30pm to 10pm

LWT Far Ings Visitors Centre, Barton upon Humber

Explore the stars and planets of the Winter Sky

See Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and the Winter night sky.  IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Due to the recent Flooding this event is under review depending on the amount of damage at Far Ings Visitors Centre.


Wednesday

March 19th

7:30pm to 10pm

Tattershall Castle


Equinox Star Night

Explore the stars and planets of the Spring Night Sky

Monday

March 24th

7:30pm to 10pm

Creswell Crags Visitor Centre

The stars of the Springtime Night Sky

Look out for Jupiter, the last views of Orion and explore distant Galaxies.

Saturday

March 29th

7:30pm to 10pm

Chambers Farm Woods,

Bardney

The stars of the Springtime Night Sky

Look out for Jupiter, the last views of Orion and explore distant Galaxies.

Friday

April 25th

8:00pm to 10:30pm

LWT Gibraltar Point Visitors Centre, Skegness

Explore the stars and planets of the Spring sky

Catch the planets, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn tonight as well as the stars of the Spring sky

Friday

May 2nd

8:00pm to 10:30pm

LWT Far Ings Visitors Centre, Barton upon Humber

Explore the stars and planets of the Spring sky

Catch the planets, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn tonight as well as the stars of the Spring sky. Tonight there is also the chance of Mercury as well!

Saturday

May 31st

2pm - 5pm

LWT Far Ings Visitors Centre, Barton upon Humber

‘Sun Day’

Explore our nearest and most important star, the Sun, safely with specialised telescopes

Saturday

July 19th

2pm - 5pm

LWT Gibraltar Point Visitors Centre, Skegness

‘Sun Day’

Explore our nearest and most important star, the Sun, safely with specialised telescopes

Friday September 19th

8pm to 10:30pm

LWT Far Ings Visitors Centre, Barton upon Humber

Of planets and Summer stars

Look out for Mars and Saturn as well as the sights of the Summer Milky Way

Friday September 26th

8pm to 10:30pm


LWT Gibraltar Point Visitors Centre, Skegnes

Of planets and Summer stars

Look out for Mars and Saturn as well as the sights of the Summer Milky Way

Wednesday

October 15th

7:30pm to 10pm

Tattershall Castle


Autumn Star Night

Explore the Summer Milky Way in Autumn!

Saturday

October 25th

7:30pm to 10:00pm

Chambers Farm Woods,

Bardney

Of Summer and Autumn stars

Enjoy a tour round the delights of the Autumn time night sky

Monday

October 27th  

7:30pm to 10pm

Creswell Crags Visitor Centre


Of Summer and Autumn stars

Enjoy a tour round the delights of the Autumn time night sky

Friday

November 14th

7:30pm to 10pm

LWT Far Ings Visitors Centre, Barton upon Humber

Highlights of tonight's sky

Explore the wonders of the Autumn and Winter night sky

Friday

November 21st

7:30pm to 10pm

LWT Gibraltar Point Visitors Centre, Skegness

Highlights of tonight's sky

Explore the wonders of the Autumn and Winter night sky

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