Getting Started in Stargazing

Getting Started in Stargazing

Thursday 22nd September 2016 from 19:15pm to 22:30pm

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Join experienced amateur astronomer David Harris to learn more about the objects that can be seen in the night sky, with hints and tips for observing these. The class will include naked eye stargazing, the use of binoculars, and a little about small telescopes.

After an introduction to these topics in the classroom, you will have the opportunity to practice your new skills by finding objects in the real night sky using these methods before returning to the classroom for any final questions.

There are information and activity sheets for you to take home, including a small planisphere star map. Tea and coffee are also provided.

In the case of poor weather, the practical session will take place inside the Science Centre’s huge 17m planetarium.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 22/09/2016

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Winchester Science Centre

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

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