West Norfolk astronomy club holding open day

A West Norfolk astronomy club is holding an open day for prospective star gazers.

Kings Lynn and District Astronomy Society is hosting the event on Saturday, November 10 (2 - 8pm) at Tottenhill and Wormegay Village Hall.

Budding astronomers can find out more about the hobby, with static displays of telescopes, equipment, video presentations and the chance to speak to members.

Secretary Alan Gosling said: “We aim to promote the interest in astronomy by doing talks and telescope observations for girl guides, scouts, cubs, schools, carers associations, the WI and various other venues as requested. Our society meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday evening of the month for talks by members of various organisations such as the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University as well as our own members.

“We have a long standing connection with the successive mayors of both King’s Lynn and Downham Market and they always come to our events and are opening hands on, in return we carry out events for them, for example, we are doing a talk and viewing through our telescopes for the mayor’s charity night at the King’s Arms in Shouldham on Wednesday, November 7 and we are attending the Downham Market Community Fayre at the Town Hall on Saturday, November 3.”

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The society is hoping, weather permitting, to view some of the night sky through telescopes and take a look at the sun through special solar viewing telescopes.

There will also be a children’s corner with space-related activities such as build and launch your own rocket and edible constellations made from marshmallows. Drinks and refreshments available and entry is free.

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More more information call 01945 701038 or 01553 774394, or visit www.westnorfolkastro.co.uk

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