From the 1st to the 8th of March 2014, it’s time to celebrate National Astronomy Week and marvel in the stars above us. Eyes will definitely be in the skies as this year’s celebration targets the largest planet of them all, Jupiter. This celestial gas giant will be appearing in view at its highest point in the sky for a number of years giving amateur and experienced astronomers the chance to see the planet in its best light.
All over the UK, people will be getting out the telescopes and joining in with the sensational stargazing throughout National Astronomy Week. There are a number of events being held across the UK for avid stargazers to go out, meet one another and get some amazing views of the heavens. Across County Durham there are a number of these events going on in like with National Astronomy Week.
You can get involved between 7pm and 9pm at any of the following events;
Tuesday 4th March at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, TS21 2DN
Thursday 6th March at Harehope Quarry near Frosterley, DL13 2SG
Saturday 8th March at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, East Rainton, DH4 6PU
Here you can bring your own telescope or use one set up by avid volunteers who have a passion for the stars and beyond.
If you want to get involved but don’t know where to start why not get in touch with the Durham Astronomical Society through their website www.durhamastronomy.org to find out more.