Our next Open Observatory event will take place on Thursday 17th March when we will welcome Dr Chris Pearson from RAL Space as our guest speaker. RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides world-leading research and technology development for space missions. Dr Pearson will be giving a talk about the exciting topic of infrared astronomy. Refreshments will be available from 7.45pm with the talk starting at 8:00pm.
|The Andromeda galaxy in infrared taken by the Herschel telescope|
Image credit: ESA
Lunar soil samples and meteorites
Image credit: NASA
Crystallography in Space
We have a very successful 'crystallography in space' project that is run by Mrs Stacey and our year 12 chemists. The project is sponsored by the UK Space Agency and the students will be at the event with their work on display for you to view.
Observing the night sky
As always there will be an opportunity to view the night sky in the observatory if the weather is clear so don't forget to wrap up warm! This month we hope to catch a glimpse of the planet Jupiter and its four Galilean moons using our telescope. There are also a number of other exciting objects well placed for viewing this month including the Moon, the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion nebula.
|Looking south on 17th March|