NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014.
To coincide with the return of BBC Two’s ‘Stargazing Live’, Techniquest Glyndwr will host a range of astronomy and stargazing related activities.
To mark the return of ‘Stargazing Live’, Techniquest has registered as an official Stargazing Live partner, and over the weekend will be encouraging everyone to make the most of the night sky.
The 11th and 12th of January will see the Science Discovery Centre host a ‘Space Explorer’s Weekend’, where visitors will be able to discover the wonders of our universe in the LIVE science show with a ‘Spectacular Space’ and a Journey through the solar system in TQG’s immersive 360° StarDome Planetarium. There will also be the opportunity to build and launch your very own bottle rocket.
The event is one of a number being held up and down the country, designed to show people how accessible astronomy can be, even in towns and cities.
In the evening there will be an opportunity to take part in a ‘Stargazing Street’ and go stargazing (weather permitting!). However indoor telescopes will be available if the weather is poor.
The idea behind the ‘Stargazing Street’ event is to take telescopes out of observatories and into places where more people will have the chance to learn about the wonders of the Universe alongside knowledgeable explainers.
Free BBC Stargazing Live calenders will also be given away on a first come first served basis.
Techniquest Glyndwr presenter, Rob Jones said: “This weekend we will be making available two sky watch tracking telescopes and a number of other simpler telescopes for our visitors to use – and we will be on hand to point out key stars and planets in the night sky. So if the sky is clear we will certainly be able to see some great views. And if people want to bring their own telescopes we will be pleased to help set them up for viewing the sky.
“I am looking forward to taking our guests on bespoke space journeys in our special StarDome shows, exploring stars and galaxies across the universe. There will be regular shows throughout the weekend and this will be a fabulous opportunity for people to find out more about secrets of the night sky.”
Techinquest will be open from 10:00am t0 6:30pm this weekend to celebrate the Stargazing events.