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  

 

This free, 2-day astronomy event is a continuation of our super popular Space@TheStade activity series. This season’s theme is ‘Space through the Electromagnetic Spectrum’. We’ll be looking at familiar things in very unfamiliar ways… seeing the invisible with different types of light!

We’re back at Stade Hall with our pop-up planetarium featuring an all-new 360-degree immersive show. We’ll have sciency demos and hands-on activities. And if we get clear skies, we’ll be safely looking at the Sun and the nighttime sky through telescopes and binoculars. 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. And it’s all completely FREE!

There’ll be telescopes set up on the Stade Open Space on Saturday night (only 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 Sun will set at around 6pm on both days and the Moon will be below the horizon after dark.

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 until 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

FACILITIES
• Disabled access
• Toilets
• Refreshments (eat@ open up to 4.30pm both days)
• Parking nearby (parking info here)

PROGRAMME
SATURDAY 14TH MARCH
3pm – 6pm:

• ‘The Spectrum of Space’ planetarium shows
• Hands-on, drop-in workshops and 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)
6pm – 8pm:
• Astronomy talks (details coming soon)
8pm – 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:

• ‘The Spectrum of Space’ planetarium shows
• Hands-on, drop-in workshops and 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)

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.