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Winter Public Astronomy Evening
Fri 21 April 2017, 20:00 – 21:00 BST
Astronomy Evenings are the perfect event for those interested in finding out more about Astronomy and the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Each session lasts 1 hour and sessions begin at 6:30pm and 8pm.
The long dark nights of the winter make Scotland a great place for stargazing. Unfortunately, the weather doesn't always make for perfect stargazing. At our Winter Public Astronomy Evenings, whenever possible, we use our 8" and 10" Meade telescopes to observe the night skies, seeking out the most interesting objects, from planets to nebulae. Our team will also lead you through a naked-eye guide to the night sky, so you can find your way around the main constellations.
We are unable to observe when it is cloudy, raining or particularly windy (the vibrations from the wind make it difficult to focus on objects). In the event of such bad weather, alternative activities will be arranged.
At each event, you will also have a tour of our historic Victorian telescope dome, which still houses one of the largest telescopes in Scotland. Here you will also hear about what happens at the Observatory today. Also included in every event is a meteorite handling session - a chance to hold a rock from space! The events are designed to be suitable for all ages, with the earlier session timed for those with younger children.
Please aim to arrive just before the start time to allow the sessions to begin promptly and remember to dress for the weather as it can often be cold in our telescope dome and rooftop viewing areas on clear nights. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.