See the Stars at York Observatory
January 22 2015
Stare into space and see the wonders of the moon’s surface up close next week as York Observatory opens its doors for a free event.
The observatory in York Museum Gardens will have its historic Thomas Cooke telescope pointed towards the heavens to look at the details of the moons surface and any stars and planets which come into view.
The event is taking place on Wednesday January 28 from 6pm to 8pm and is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.
Fiona Burton, volunteers manager for York Museums Trust, said:
“For anyone who has not seen the moon through a telescope, this is the chance to see something truly spectacular. You can spot the valleys and mountains on the surface and it gives you a real sense of wonder that mankind has walked there.
“So why not make the most of the crisp winter evenings and come and see for yourselves!”
The event will also include a guided tour of the night sky, using binoculars on the Main Lawn of the gardens.
If the weather is not clear, there will be a virtual tour of the night sky inside the observatory and volunteers will be on hand to explain the fascinating history behind the observatory, which is the oldest working example in the county, and its fantastic telescope.
As the observatory is so small, places are limited. Children under five do not need a ticket, but please note the steps up to the telescope are very steep.
Please wear sensible footwear and bring as torch, as the main lights in the gardens will be switched off to reduce light pollution.
To book please click here to visit our Eventbrite page.