Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

On Thursday we were very lucky to be one of only four schools invited to take a group of students to the unveiling of the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium at Leicester Space Centre. The planetarium, previously known as the Space … Continue reading

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The observatory art project

In preparation for the completion of the new building, including the observatory, the school commissioned space-themed works of art from the Y12/13 BTEC Art group. All students in the group worked extremely hard to produce some fantastic pieces, which went … Continue reading

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In the news

The opening of the observatory has attracted quite a lot of publicity over the past few days. The television coverage featured on East Midlands Today and regional news bulletins is now available online here:, and the audio feature from … Continue reading

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BBC Stargazing Live 2012

Our first Stargazing Live event for 2012 took place on Monday 16th January. Our Moon-themed event was led by Dr Daniel Brown from Nottingham Trent University. Common questions about the Moon were addressed such as the origin of its craters … Continue reading

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Opening Night

After many months of planning and development, The Malcolm Parry Observatory was officially opened on the evening of Tuesday, January 17th 2012, by Malcolm Parry, former Chair of Governors at The Long Eaton School (2002-2010) and Anu Ohja, Space Academy … Continue reading

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Friday January 13th saw the final handover of the building by the contractors, Carter Construction. Despite a number of setbacks over the past few months, the building was completed to deadline, ready for this week’s BBC Stargazing Live events and … Continue reading

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The telescope is in

As the construction phase nears an end, today saw the very significant step of the installation of the main telescope, a Meade LX200 16 inch. The very complex process of creating the observatory, within the larger build project, began several … Continue reading

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