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Community Event – Astronomy Evening
March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us at South Devon UTC for a journey out across the universe to visit star systems, star clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies far beyond our own through one of our large telescopes. See ancient craters scattered across the moon in high definition, discover the magic of Saturn’s rings and watch Jupiter’s moons perform their merry dance around the biggest planet in our solar system.
This stargazing experience is being run by an experienced astronomer offering professional and enthusiastic narration of the views you’ll see through the telescope.
The evening will compile of an indoor presentation using planetarium software projected on to a 2m wide screen. This provides a live simulated view of the night sky from your location, and in which we’ll move around to show the audience the stars and constellations that we’ll look out for later on.
Part of the presentation will be about exploring some of the major concepts in astronomy using what we can see in the night sky – i.e. the Pole star and Earth’s rotation, why stars rise in the east and set in the west, why stars are different colours, how stars are born, how stars die etc. Also covered are some of the star systems, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that we’ll be able to see on a clear night from the school’s grounds.
After the presentation we’ll head outside to use a couple of telescopes so we can find some of these astronomical objects for real. I’ll continue to narrate on what people are looking for in the telescope and what it represents. I’ll also have a laser pointer that can be used to point out stars and trace out some of the constellations.
If it is cloudy / wet then we’d head back inside (or stay inside) for a demo on how telescopes work and a narrated slideshow so the audience can see what they would have seen in the telescopes had it been clear. (www.darkskytelescopehire.co.uk)
Before the presentations there will be Pizza Buffet available, supplied by South Devon Pizza Company.
South Devon Pizza Company will be continuously making and slicing, four different topped pizzas in the run up to each talk, including low gluten options. There will also be a side salad of rocket leaves with Parmesan shavings and a balsamic drizzle and garlic pizza bread to accompany the pizzas. The buffet will be available 6pm – 8:15pm.
South Devon Pizza Company say; Our delicious thin and crispy wood-fired pizzas are made with love; our homemade, hand-stretched dough and secret recipe tomato sauce are made in-house daily and topped with the finest Italian and local ingredients. Our pizzas are c.10″ in size and take just a couple of minutes to cook at 350-400 degrees celcius in our portable wood-fired oven; and your guests will be able to watch them being made and cooked. (www.southdevonpizzacompany.com)
Refreshments (soft drinks) will also be available to purchase throughout the evening from a stall ran by some of our students.
Doors open 6pm. If you are attending the 8:15pm talk you can arrive between 6pm – 8pm to suit you.
First Astronomy talk and presentation – 6:45pm
Second Astronomy talk and presentation – 8:15pm
6:45pm Astronomy talk, no food – £10 per person. Under 5’s are free but no seat will be allocated.
6:45pm Astronomy talk and Pizza Buffet – £16 per person.
8:15pm Astronomy talk, no food – £10 per person. Under 5’s are free but no seat will be allocated.
8:15pm Astronomy talk and Pizza Buffet – £16 per person.
Apologies but there is NO PARKING at South Devon UTC. There is a local car park, Cricketfield Car Park, TQ12 2AS, a 2 minute from the school. It is free to park after 6pm. Please do not park in the Courtney Centre car park as this is a private car park.
- March 15
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- South Devon UTC
Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2QA United Kingdom
- 01626 240201
- South Devon UTC
- 01626 240201