Spot the stars in Maidstone
by Angela Cole
Stargazing Live is returning to Mote Park later this month.
The free evening is taking place at Maidstone Leisure Centre on
Saturday, January 26.
It attracted more than 1,000 people over two days when it was held
there for the first time last year.
Linked to the popular BBC Stargazing Live programme, which returned
for a third series this week, it will feature telescopes for
visitors to use and two planetariums.
Special guest will be Greg Smye-Rumsby from the Royal Observatory
in Greenwich, who will be giving two lectures, while the Mid-Kent
Astronomical Society’s committee member Ian Hargraves will speak on
exploding stars and black holes.
Visitors will also be able to find out what it’s like to be an
astronaut and see some real meteorite rock and there will be an
appearance by Doctor Telescope who will be able to diagnose any
problems with equipment.
It starts at 6.30pm and admission to the planetariums and astronomy
talks is by ticket only – available on entry to the main
Visitors are advised to bring a torch, binoculars and a telescope
camera, if you have one, and to wrap up warmly, wearing sensible
Organised by the Mid-Kent Astronomical Society with Maidstone
council, anyone with any questions about the event can contact Alan
Frith at the council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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