Astronomy and space fans! The New Art Gallery, Walsall is hosting a fantastic FREE night of stargazing activities and displays for all the family on the evening of Tuesday 17 January as part of a nationwide series of public events supporting the BBC Stargazing Live television programme.
And the history of Walsall astronomers, through talks and a display, plus local amateur astronomers with their telescopes, will feature in a packed programme of events and activities on multiple floors, running between 6pm-9pm on the night!
An inflatable planetarium will be on site to help stargazers of all ages explore the wonders of our solar system. Local astronomy experts with their telescopes will guide you through the constellations of the night sky, and will help you discover more about the science of eclipses, moon craters, galaxies, rockets and gravity, you can even have a nibble or two of space food, if that’s what takes your fancy!!
Weather permitting, guided stargazing sessions will be taking place throughout the evening from the gallery roof terrace, but astronomers will also show visitors the best free computer software available for exploring the skies without having to go outdoors if the weather turns nasty!
Astronomy talks on the night are as follows:
6.15pm for 30 minutes – Walsall Astronomers in History by Stuart Williams.
7.00pm for 30 minutes – West Midlands canals v canals on Mars by John Dee.
7.45 pm for 30 minutes – The Origins of Meteorites by Alan Ledbury.
8.30pm for 30 minutes – Sir Robert Ball, Victorian astronomer by Roger Jones.
In addition, there’ll also be experts on hand to tell you about the wonderful wildlife you might also come across when you decide to go out and about on your own Stargazing adventure.
Taking part in Walsall Stargazing Live are Walsall Astronomical Society, the Society for the History of Astronomy, Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, Carolian Astronomical Society, Dark Sky Discovery, Walsall Countryside Services, West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue, Midlands Rocket Club, Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, Stars in your Skies, Walsall Libraries, New Art Gallery Walsall and of course the BBC.
The event is FREE and visitors will be able to pick up BBC Stargazing goodies to take away.
So come along and learn more about our ever-astounding Universe as well as astronomy closer to home!