Join us at one of our Autumn Star Parties!

Orion Nebula

Explore the wonders of the autumn night sky at Nowton Park with members of the Athenaeum Astronomy Association Society.

The Moon will be at first quarter, lit from the side, so casting good shadows, throwing its craters and mountains into deep relief especially, along the terminator, the line between the lit and unlit parts of the moon.

Also in the sky at this time will be Mars, the 'the Red Planet'. If the skies are clear there will definitely be a telescope pointed at Mars, seeking to reveal some of its mysteries.

There will also be an opportunity to talk with AAA members, and to view some of the night sky images we've taken.

We'll be situated in the heart of Nowton Park, well away from light sources, to maximise our chances of good viewing.

If conditions are unfavourable, the events will still go ahead but with greater emphasis on indoor activities. The event is suitable for all ages, though all children must be supervised. Light refreshments will be available.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring a torch for walking to and from the car park.

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

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Star Parties on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October, 2018

7pm Programme starts The Walled Garden, Nowton Park, Bury Road, Nowton, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5BD
(If coming by car, please use main car park at Nowton Park, from where it is a short walk to the Walled Garden)
A brief introduction to the Athenaeum Astronomy Association
Guided observing sessions (weather permitting)
A range of astronomical talks, including: An Introduction to Astronomy (Friday), A Guide to Astrophotography (Saturday), Space in Film (Friday), Exo-planets (Saturday), The Sun (Friday) and The Moon (Saturday).
Members' astrophotography gallery
Talk to experts and try out the different types of telescopes and binoculars available to stargazers
10pm Programme ends