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Eddington Astronomical Society’s “Astronomy Night” at ‘The Box’ for BBC Stargazing Live

(Bit late posting this write-up, sorry!)

On Friday January 20th, almost a week after its hugely succesful “Skywatch” at the Brewery Arts Centre (see a previous post), the Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal held our second event in support of the BBC’s “Stargazing Live” programmes – an “Astronomy Night” at The Box, the new lecture and film venue, run by Kendal College, close to Kendal Museum.

It was the first time Eddington AS had held an event in the venue, and everyone was very impressed with its huge screen, state of the art projection system and facilities. And although more than a few people had a hard time actually finding the place, more than 90 people came along to listen to our lecture and learn all about telescopes, astronomy software, meteorites and more.

As people began to filter into the hall, a “telescope corner” began to take shape as one EAS member after another set up their telescope to the left hand side of the enormous screen. And as they did so they were watched over by a very special guest, who you might recognise…

After a very generous introduction by Kendal Museum’s Anna Hall – a great friend to the EAS – the Society Secretary, Stuart Atkinson gave an hour-long “Tourist Guideto the Universe”, taking the audience on a breathtaking tourof the fascinating worlds of our Solar System and then out into the universe beyond. Following the lecture, while some members of  the Astronomy Night audience enjoyed looking at all the telescopes, asking their owners questions about them, and watching demonstrations of astronomy software in a side-room, others went to see, and hold, some of the collection of rare and valuable meteorites brought along to the event.

Everyone agreed afterwards that the night was an outstanding success, and everything laid out on the “goodies table” – Stargazing Live star map booklets and stickers, equipment catalogues from Lamberts in Lancaster, and back issues of astronomy magazines – had gone by the end of the evening. Now we’re hoping that at least a few of the 90 or so people who came along to our “Astronomy Night” will come along top an EAS meeting too, and maybe even join; but with getting on for a regular meeting attendance of almost 50, if more than a few do, we’re going to run out of room…!

Here are some photos from the event…

The view from the back row of The Box’s seating – look at the size of that screen!! And who’s that lurking behind the telescope on the left there..?

The audience begins to grow…

A very impressive “telescope gallery” was assembled, under the watchful eye of You Know Who…

 

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