BBC Stargazing Live again hits the screens tonight at 9pm on BBC2 and as usual The Long Eaton School are marking this with two nights of stargazing next week. Wednesday 20th January is the public showcase event. Doors open from 6pm until 9pm, admission free. This year we have guest speaker Paul Money FRAS, author and writer for Sky at Night magazine. Paul will be presenting a talk on our Solar system in the main hall at 7pm but that is just one of the many things on offer. There will also be Astrosphere – a mobile planetarium where audiences will enjoy a talk inside the dome under stars and many other wonders of the Universe. There are 3 showings strictly on a first come first served basis.
Other attractions and activities include: Astronaut training, East Midlands Stargazers (stargazing outside if weather permits), Ilkeston and District Astronomy Society display, Nottingham Trent University with telescope displays and more, Cool Science – whiz bang science demonstrations, GCSE Astronomy display, Friends of West Park, Hands on experiments, Observatory tours and much more. Refreshments will be available from the Food Hub and there is plenty of free parking for visitors.
Thursday the 21st January is the first meeting of 2016 for the Long Eaton Astronomical Society. We are joined by guest speaker Dr Simon Goodwin of Sheffield University for a talk entitled “Is Anybody Out There?”. Simon will discuss the methods we use for detecting so called “Exo Planets” and how we might one day discover life beyond Earth. The meeting starts at 6:30pm with refreshments available from 6:15pm. Members free, visitors are welcome for a suggested donation of £2 towards refreshments and costs. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult please. After the talk there may be chance for some observing if not a short topical talk will be given by Mr Perkins.