DATES: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2020
TIME: Saturday 3pm – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
VENUE: Stade Hall & Open Space, Hastings Old Town
PRICE: FREE
SUITABILITY: All ages, Families

 


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This free, 2-day astronomy event for British Science Week is a continuation of our super popular Space@TheStade activity series. This season’s theme is ‘Space through the Electromagnetic Spectrum’. 


We’re back at Stade Hall with our pop-up planetarium featuring a 360-degree immersive show. We’ll be looking at familiar things in very unfamiliar ways… seeing the invisible with different types of light! We’ll have sciency demos and hands-on activities. Activities include: See Far Infrared, Make a Wave Machine, Ignite the Energy,  See UV, Secret Writing, Glow Slime Making, Measure Light Speed, Focus the Wave, See the Spectrum, and more! And it’s all completely FREE!

If we get clear skies, we’ll be safely looking at the Sun and the nighttime sky through telescopes and binoculars – 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 Sun will set at around 6pm on both days and the Moon will be below the horizon after dark. We’ll also be running a Telescope Clinic for anyone wanting advice on setting up a telescope or just wanting to know what astronomy stuff to buy and where to get it.

If it’s clear on Saturday night, once it gets dark we should be able to see Venus and Uranus, the Pleiades and Orion Nebula, and maybe even the Andromeda Galaxy! Our staff and wonderful astronomy volunteers will be on hand to help you navigate the night sky: star hopping and picking out the constellations.

Normal, white light touches will be banned after dark. It takes about 20 minutes for eyes to get used to the dark (called ‘dark adaption’), so you don’t want a white light torch to go and ruin it! You can make your own red light torch before the event, or adapt your own torch at the venue, 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, glass of wine, or yummy snack to keep you going, eat@theStade will be open till 6.15pm on Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.


FACILITIES
• Disabled access
• Toilets
• Refreshments (eat@theStade)
• Parking nearby (parking info here)


Planetarium atChurchill Square shopping centre in BrightonPROGRAMME

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH
3pm – 6pm:
• Planetarium shows
• Hands-on, drop-in activities all about the Electromagnetic Spectrum
• University of Sussex space activities
• Telescope Clinic: advice on setting up and buying astronomy stuff
• Solar observing (weather dependent)
6.30pm – 7.30pm:
• ‘The Spectrum of Space’ evening lecture by Melanie Davies FRAS
7.30pm – 9pm:
• Guided observing of the night sky (weather dependent)
• Planetarium sky tours (if cloudy)
• Telescope Clinic: advice on setting up and buying astronomy stuff

SUNDAY 15TH MARCH
10am – 4pm:
• Planetarium shows
• Hands-on, drop-in activities all about the Electromagnetic Spectrum
• University of Sussex space activities
• Telescope Clinic: advice on setting up and buying astronomy stuff
• Solar observing (weather dependent)


PLANETARIUM TICKETS
To register for your free planetarium tickets, click on the button below. Once you’ve registered, we’ll check availability and send you a confirmation email.

Registration for advance tickets is now closed. Walk-in tickets will be available on Sunday.

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