Top stargazing event returning to The Heath

Stargazers from across the country are due to flock to Runcorn once again this month for one of the nation’s top events in the space enthusiast’s calendar.

The North West Astronomy Festival is being brought forward from its usual autumn dates to take place on Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28.

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Organisers at The Knowledge Observatory said the midsummer slot will be perfect for celebrating the group’s ‘favourite star’ – the Sun.

The festival will be open from 10am to 5pm each day and will feature help, advice and tuition for beginners, a chance to meet neighbourhood astronomy clubs and an evening of food and live music at the event’s annual social supper.

There will also be presentations, a planetarium, theatre show, trade stalls and demonstrations.

Those attending will be able to quiz experts about planets, stars, the universe and even about the mystery lights on the dwarf planet Ceres.

The Heath Business And Technical Park’s conference centre will host the event.

Food will be available at the complex’s restaurant from 10am on Saturday and the bar will open at 4pm on Saturday. Breakfast will be on Sunday morning.

Andrew Davies, of The Knowledge Observatory, said the question and answer session will be a chance for astronomy fans to quiz scientists on the appearance of lights on the dwarf planet Ceres, which have left the professionals stumped.

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He said: “The festival has something for all ages, interests and experiences, with presentations from top names in the world of astronomy, Astronomer Question Time, solar observing and imaging, activities, trade stalls, local clubs, advice, guidance and practical workshops.

“Of course the event would not be complete without the planetarium and our now famous raffle and a night not to be missed at our Saturday Social supper.”

Tickets are £5 with free entry for under-16s.

Buy on the door or order online at: www.theknowledgeobservatory.co.uk/nwastrofest15/tickets.shtml

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