An astronomy group has teamed up with the BBC to hold a pair of stargazing events this month.
The East Sussex Astronomical Society (ESAS) is collaborating with the BBC over the two sessions – one of which replaces the February date cancelled due to poor weather.
First up on Saturday (April 5) is a viewing at The Starr Inn in Normans Bay. Light pollution in the area is minimal and the location boasts some superb southern vistas. The event starts at 6pm when members will view the sun with ESAS’ solar scopes. Later there will be the opportunity to see a glimpse of the first quarter moon, Jupiter and the Galilean moons.
And later still an expert will use a laser pointed to give a talk about the various visible star constellations and point out interesting objects which can be seen with a small telescope or binoculars. Mars is also expected to be visible for the very late-stayers.
There will also be appearances from guest speakers Jane Green an author of astronomical books, Richie Jarvis who operates Astronomy FM and Andy Lawes , chairman and founder of ESAS.
Attendees can get an information pack with quizzes, colouring for the children, a beautiful Solar System print and an ESAS sticker upon registration on the day.
The second event is on Friday April 11 on the South Terrace of The De La Warr Pavilion and is entitled A Close encounter with Mars. April sees Mars approach the Earth at its closest in many years - providing a good opportunity to view the planets polar caps and dark regions.
Both events are free and aimed at the whole family. And even if the weather is cloudy or wet the Star Inn event will go ahead inside.
ESAS holds a monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 8pm, with a well-known speaker, refreshments, and star observing with members’ telescopes. ESAS has now changed its venue and is meeting at Pebsham Community Centre in Seabourne Road.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.esas.org.uk. Alternatively call: 079 2345 8516.