This week has been rather busy in the observatory. On Tuesday evening we hosted an evening session with the 1st Long Eaton Brownie troop, during the visit one lucky Brownie made history by being the first Brownie to make her Promise in the observatory dome whilst gazing at the Moon.
Wednesday was a busy day with visitors too. In the morning Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, stopped by the observatory whilst on a tour of the school. He was able to view our closest star the Sun with our Solarmax telescope, which seemed to go down very well indeed. In the evening we hosted an evening of stargazing with our visiting Italian exchange students who were lucky to have caught yet another clear spell in time to see the Moon rise.
Thursday evening we were joined by the 2nd Attenborough Guides who were less lucky with the cloud. Even so the Guides enjoyed a presentation followed by rocket making and observatory tours. Afterwards we went outside to launch the rockets at our model asteroid with very mixed results and much fun.
The week was rounded off nicely with our GCSE Yr9 Astronomy students having the opportunity to directly observe the Sun as part of their current topic. The topic on our Sun is well timed with the upcoming partial solar eclipse just two weeks away on Friday 20th March. Let’s hope it is clear on that day too!