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Astronomy season at RSPB Salthome

Last modified: 23 December 2015

RSPB Saltholme Visitor Centre & bare branches silhouetted against a wintery sky

Image: Andy Hay

RSPB Salthome wildlife reserve and discovery park will be hosting local astronomy expert John McCue for a four-week course in which he will arm guests with knowledge to help them get the absolute best out of their stargazing, and make the most of 2016’s busy astronomical calendar.

Visitor Experience Officer Lydia Tague said: “Our astronomy evenings are always really popular so this year we decided that we would give people the opportunity to learn a bit more.”

‘Exploring the Universe: an Introduction to Astronomy’ will begin on Saturday 9 January with ‘The Planets’ before continuing for the next three consecutive Saturdays with: ‘Stars and Constellations’, ‘Galaxies’ and finally ‘The Universe as a Whole’. The course will be classroom-based, with four, two hour long sessions. Focusing on learning about how to get the most out of the wonders of the night sky, easily viewable from the local area.

After these sessions, we will be hosting ‘An Evening with Salthome’s Stars’ on 6 February. This will be a separate event, but previous attendees will be more than welcome to put their budding astronomy skills into play. John will return to kick off with a short presentation before diving into a stargazing session, making the most of the evening’s weather regardless. If the sky proves cloudy, the on-site planetarium will be available to enjoy.

Visitors are free to attend the session irrespective of attendance on the four week course, and a light supper will be served to everyone.

Spaces for both the course and the evening event are strictly limited, so booking in advance is essential. Call the reception team at Saltholme on 01642 546625 to secure your place. 

Prices for “Exploring the Universe: an introduction to Astronomy” are £38 for all four sessions, or £30 for RSPB members. The price for “An Evening with Salthome’s Stars” will be confirmed soon. 

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