Rocket-fuelled astronomy day hailed a blast

Alistair Mitchell, eight, takes a look through an eight inch Orion Reflector Telescope at the Astron

Alistair Mitchell, eight, takes a look through an eight inch Orion Reflector Telescope at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Rocket science plunged back down to Earth as hundreds of home-made devices were launched into the skies at the weekend.

Jessica Sanders, nine, right, with her large rocket she has made, testing it out with her sister, Mi

Jessica Sanders, nine, right, with her large rocket she has made, testing it out with her sister, Mia, seven, at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Some 300 people attended Seething Observatory to take part in a galaxy of activities with experiments, projects, talks and trails going on all afternoon on Saturday.

Organised by the Norwich Astronomical Society it brought together related organisations interested in promoting the wonders of the universe.

Sisters Aeryn, eight, left, and Anais Goreham, seven, with their brother Anton, 10, build a rocket a

Sisters Aeryn, eight, left, and Anais Goreham, seven, with their brother Anton, 10, build a rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Organiser Chris Greenfield said there was too much cloud to look at the sun safely through special telescopes as planned but there was still plenty for children to get excited about.

One of the most popular activities was the junk modelling station where youngsters could make their own rockets out of plastic bottles and cardboard and launch them skyward, a trail of water creating a plume behind them.

Chloe Fearn, 10, decorates her rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE

Chloe Fearn, 10, decorates her rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018


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Joanne Robinson from Spixworth said she and her children Sophia, nine and five-year-old Charlie had all had a great day enjoying the trails and quizzes and learning about the planets, human origins, black holes and the stars.

Scouts, ten-year-olds, Joel Walker, left, and Kieran Whiting, from the 35th Norwich Scouts, set off

Scouts, ten-year-olds, Joel Walker, left, and Kieran Whiting, from the 35th Norwich Scouts, set off a water pumped rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Gabriel Barbu, five, tests his rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE

Gabriel Barbu, five, tests his rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Sisters Anais, seven, left, and Aeryn Goreham, eight, struggle to carry their rockets to their car a

Sisters Anais, seven, left, and Aeryn Goreham, eight, struggle to carry their rockets to their car after the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

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