Tuesday December 13th has been the first of a pivotal few days for the project, with the arrival on site of the observatory dome.
Custom-built over the last few weeks, it arrived as a number of large fibreglass pieces at 9am and was subsequently unloaded into the site compound.
The dome itself then underwent its final fabrication, whilst the track on which it will rotate was secured to the roof.
By the end of the day a fully assembled dome can be seen, ready to be installed.
All that is now required is a let-up in the windy weather. In order to locate the 4-metre diameter dome correctly it will be necessary to lift it to roof level by crane, a process which cannot take place in high winds. We are hopeful, with an eye on the forecast, that this will be able to be completed on Thursday morning. Please keep everything crossed, and with any luck another update will appear by the end of the week with good news!
In the meantime, details have now been confirmed for the BBC Stargazing Live events at TLES in the week of January 16th, including a Moon workshop evening on the Monday and Dr Lewis Dartnell’s Astrobiology lecture on the Wednesday. Please check the Events page for details, and contact the school if you would like to book a place.