Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival

As you may or may not know, there is an annual astronomy festival at Herstmonceux observatory center. It is a great place to go if you want to meet some like-minded people and look through some awesome telescopes (weather permitting)! My highlights last year were definitely the astronomy based pub quiz at Newton’s bar and seeing the Andromeda galaxy for the first time. There are also seven lectures (3 pounds per person per lecture) during the weekend. On Saturday here is the itinerary:

  • Telescope talks in Dome E
  • Planetarium shows
  • Trade stands
  • Astronomy Society stands
  • Solar Observing
  • Raffle
  • Newton’s Bar 
  • Four lectures throughout the day 

And here is the itinerary for Sunday:

  • Three lectures throughout the day
  • Telescope talks in Dome E
  • Planetarium shows
  • Family Activities
  • Trade stands
  • Astronomy Society stands
  • Newton’s Bar
  • Solar Observing
  • Grand Prize Raffle draw

Here’s the timetable for the whole festival!

Friday

4.30pm: FREE late afternoon screening of a family-friendly film (title TBC)

7.30pm: FREE opening lecture 

Viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)

Viewing through smaller telescopes with amateur astronomy societies (weather permitting)

Saturday

10:45, Dr Julian Onions Title: Yet to be confirmed

12:15, Dr Roberto Trotta Title: Yet to be confirmed

2:15, Dr. Stuart Clark Title: ‘The eclipse of 1919 and the rise of Einstein’s relativity’

3:45, Professor Martin Hendry Title: ‘Ripples of Gravity, Flashes of Light: the Dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy’

8:00, Pub Quiz with Steve Collingwood (SCTelescopes)

After sunset, Viewing through the historic telescopes and viewing through smaller telescopes with amateur astronomy societies (weather permitting)

Sunday

10:45, Professor Carolin Crawford Title: ‘Telescopes of the Future’

12:15, Professor Nigel Henbest Title:  ‘Virgin Spaceman’

2:15, Pete Lawrence Title: ‘An Introduction to Astrophotography’

For more information see: https://www.the-observatory.org/#

My trip to Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival 2018!

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