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Astronomy Festival

Astronomy Festival

Following on from the huge success of its 10th year celebrations last year, this year’s Astronomy Festival, 4th – 6th September, at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, East Sussex, promises to be the biggest yet.

There is a fantastic line up of expert speakers presenting over the Festival weekend, including:-

  • Professor Chris Lintott, BBC Sky at Night presenter
  • Dr Lewis Dartnell, BBC Horizon presenter
  • Professor Paul Murdin OBE, Researcher and Discoverer (Paul identified the first stellar black hole in the Milky Way in 1971)
  • Terry Moseley, President of the Irish Astronomical Association
  • Greg Smye-Rumsby, Presenter at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
  • Dr Anna Scaife, Head of the Jodrell Bank’s Interferometry Centre of Excellence
  • Professor Greg Parker, currently constructing what will possibly be the most powerful amateur imaging facility on the planet
  • Dr Iacopo Vivarelli,  currently involved with the ATLAS experiment, which should shed new light on the theory of particle physics at the Centre of European Organisation for Nuclear Research

They will be presenting on a number of different topics. Terry’s lecture, for example, titled “Our Sun: Friend or Foe?” will look at the many perils and pleasures of this all important star.

In addition to the lectures, there is a whole host of many other exciting activities, both indoors and out, including: planetarium shows, children’s quizzes, Newton’s Bar, trade stands, rocket launching, telescope talks, evening stargazing and much more… There’s so much to do and see for everyone – there is no need to be an astronomer to enjoy the fabulous atmosphere.

Dr Sandra Voss, Science Director at the Observatory Science Centre, said: “We are delighted to have seen the Astronomy Festival grow over the years to what is now a major event.  Previous guests have included Sir Patrick Moore. We are delighted this year as always to welcome our speakers who are all experts in their field and we thank them for their time and support.”

For further information, please visit www.the-observatory.org or call the Observatory Science Centre on 01323 832731.