9th April 2011

Come along to our free public observing evenings at Newlands Corner near Guildford.

9th April 2011

Postby gas » Sat, 12-Mar-2011 10:24

Newlands Corner
Moon Watch & Saturn Watch
Observing Event

Saturday, 9th April 2011
7.30pm until Midnight


This Moon Watch & Saturn Watch event forms part of our popular series of well-attended and highly enjoyable public observing evenings at the NT Car Park, Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE. Members of the public are invited to come along and meet GAS members and their telescopes and take a look at the wonders of the Night Sky.

As the title of the evening's event suggests, the Moon and the planet Saturn (and up to eight of its moons) will be centre-stage during the evening.

Get a close-up look at the mountains of the Moon as they cast their shadows across the smooth floors of nearby craters and valleys. Even small telescopes can show details that can't be seen with the naked eye.

See the spectacular ringed planet Saturn and, depending on the time of the evening, see up to eight of the planet's moons. Try and look at the planet early in the evening and then look again an hour or two later and see how they've moved in their orbit around Saturn.

As well as the Moon and Saturn there will be a myriad of other wonderful sights to see, amongst them are:

  • Nebulae, gas and dust clouds, within our own Milky Way Galaxy where new stars are forming or where a Supernova star has exploded violently scattering its matter into space (such as the beautiful Ring Nebula).

    The Ring Nebula (M57) in the constellation of Lyra. (NASA/HST)

  • Star clusters, also belonging to our own Milky Way Galaxy, each a densely packed ball of 100-200 thousand stars.

    The M13 Globular Cluster in the constellation of Hercules. (SDSS)

  • The Whirlpool and Sunflower Galaxies, just two of the billions of galaxies, each with up to 100-200 billion stars each like our own Sun.

    The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) in the constellation of Canes Venatici. (NASA/HST)

    The Sunflower Galaxy (M63) in the constellation of Canes Venatici. (NASA/HST)

This event is:

  • Suitable for everyone,
  • Free and
  • There's no need to book.
It's still likely to be cold at this time of year so we thoroughly recommend that you wrap up warm and wear wellington boots out on the field where the telescopes are located (hot drinks will be on sale in the Visitor's Centre if you need a warm break). Also, because of potential tripping hazards in the dark out on the field, children must be accompanied by an adult.

If it's cloudy we'll be indoors with a display and exhibition and GAS members will be on hand to answer questions.

Please feel free to download our poster for the event and post it in your local library, doctor's surgery, local schools, barber's shop or supermarket:

http://www.guildfordas.org/downloads/Newlands%20Corner%202011-04-09.pdf Print as a single A4 page.

GAS would like to thank the Surrey Wildlife Trust for their kind permission to use the Visitor Centre.

Chris Franklin - GAS Webmaster
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