Star Party sells out!

Star Party

Tickets for the Star Party, organised by the Athenaeum Astronomy Association (AAA), in Bury St Edmunds, have sold out, just over a week before the event.

A total of 40 adults and 20 children are set to attend the event which is taking place on Saturday, March 18, in the Walled Garden, at the town's Nowton Park.

The programme for the evening, which runs from 7pm to 10pm, includes an introduction to the AAA by its director Dr Richard Young, followed by a programme of projected images of stars and of the Athenaeum observatory and telescope. There will also be a computer-generated planetarium, various astronomical activities for children and a static display of telescopes/binoculars provided by Sneezums.

If the sky is clear on the night, members of the association will be showing a range of telescopes/binoculars and naked-eye observations each focusing on a different part of the sky, finding and identifying specific constellations, their principal stars, star types, and the Greek legends associated with them. Some people might be able to find their birth signs, since Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo and Virgo will be showing now in the March sky. There will also be some small telescopes suitable for children, while Jessops will be providing an outdoor activity to complement and extend the experience via an astrophotographic demonstration/activity.

However, if the sky is cloudy or it is wet it is hoped that the same kind of activities will be able to happen indoors, but with modifications, said the association's secretary, Marian Shaw.

The event ends with informal networking/talks/questions and answers with AAA members and representatives.