Date: Saturday 2nd February 2019
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Venue: The Stade, Hastings Old Town


The Andromeda Galaxy

A public engagement event dedicated to Deep Space; conceived and developed by Creative Space, a Community Interest Company providing free astronomy-based community events across the South East.

If skies are clear in the afternoon, we’ll kick off with some solar viewing – looking at the Sun through specially adapted telescopes and dedicated solar scopes. We’ll have our pop-up planetarium set up in the Hall, showing From Earth To The Universe; a fulldome film created by the European Southern Observatory. During the day, we’ll also have a bunch of drop-in, hands-on activities, plus a telescope clinic with advice about buying a telescope or getting help setting up your own equipment. While we’re waiting for darkness to fall, there’ll be a public talk by William Joyce: Interactive and Active Galaxies. And it’s all absolutely FREE!

There’ll be an array of large and small telescopes set up on the Open Space (if skies are clear), many supplied and operated by members of local astronomical societies. This team of experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to guide you across the night sky and to share astronomical knowledge and expertise. The Moon will set at 2.33pm, so will be out of the way for the night-time viewing. Sunset will be at 4.50pm, followed by astronomical twilight, with official night-time starting at 6.43pm.

We’ll be focusing on observing the Messier objects: star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. We’ll also be trying to spot the distant ice giants, Uranus and Neptune. But if clouds stop play, viewing will be back inside Stade Hall with the night’s wonders on display inside the planetarium.

The best observing is under the darkest of skies. Now this is Hastings, so it’s never going to be pitch black, but the pole lights around the Open Space will be turned off for the event and lights will be dimmed inside the eat@ café. It takes 20 minutes for eyes to get used to the dark (called ‘dark adaption’), so you don’t want a white light (normal) torch to go and ruin it. You can make your own red light torch before the event, or adapt your torch in the Hall, where we’ll have the kit on hand. Or if you want to buy a red light astronomy flashlight/hands-free torch from a specialist shop, head over to 365Astronomy.

And if you fancy a beer, a glass of wine, or a delicious snack to keep you going, eat@ The Stade will be open until 5pm.

• Disabled access
• Toilets
• Refreshments (eat@ open up to 5pm)
• Parking nearby (parking info here)

3pm – 6pm:
• Solar observing (weather dependent)
• Immersive planetarium shows
• Hands-on, drop-in workshops and activities

• Citizen science (where you can contribute to real science projects)
• Telescope Clinic: advice on setting up and buying a telescope

6pm – 7pm:
• ‘Interactive and Active Galaxies’ public talk by William Joyce, FRAS

7pm – 9pm:
• Guided observing of the night sky (weather dependent)
• Planetarium sky tours focusing on Deep Space (if cloudy)
• Citizen science (where you can contribute to real science projects)
• Telescope Clinic: advice on setting up and buying a telescope

With special thanks to 365Astronomy who have very kindly sponsored our Space@TheStade events, to STEM Learning and the University of Sussex Physics Department for their support, and to all the wonderful volunteers who so kindly give up their time to help us out.