BBC Stargazing LIVE returns to the BBC from the 16-18 of January 2012. In 2011 the series was a huge success and inspired over 300 partner-led Stargazing events, from Glen Nevis to Guernsey. More than 180 partners held events, with over 40,000 people getting a taste of astronomy, many for the very first time, thanks to BBC Stargazing LIVE.
In 2012 there are bigger and better events all across the UK. This year the De La Warr Pavilion and the East Sussex Astronomical Society (www.esas.org.uk) are coming together to hold a free event for the whole family as part of this wonderful celebration of the solar system.
A mixture of observing and walks and talks on what is contained in the sky above Bexhill. Real astronomy for all abilities and age groups. See and learn about the night sky and what it is like to be a professional astronomer.
12pm: The event kicks off at midday with an opportunity to take part in solar viewing, observing the Sun and Venus.
2pm: Take part in a Solar System Walk (optional) along the seafront to Glyne Gap and hear about the planets of our Solar System. Marvel at its astounding scale and emptiness.
4.30pm: Visitors are given the chance to experience the mighty 80" Faulkes telescope in Australia and to take some stunning pictures.
5pm: Simon Allen Talk
Getting started in Astronomy - a beginners guide for all ages
6pm: Dr Darren Baskill Talk
A talk by Dr. Darren Baskill of the University of Sussex.
7pm: View the wonders of the night sky through a range of stunning telescopes.
Activity packs will be available to all on the day.
- The Solar System Walk is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
- Solar observing can be dangerous to your eyesight unless suitable precautions are taken.
- Observation dependent upon the weather conditions so the planned sessions may be cancelled if cloud or mist persists. However, members of the East Sussex Astronomical Society will be on hand to talk to visitors.
The use of the Faulkes Telescope in Australia is subject to availability. Photos taken will be made available free of charge (please supply an e-mail address).
Warm clothing essential for observing.
This event is open to all ages and suitable for the whole family.
FREE entry, no need to book.
For more information call 01424 229 111.