Back by popular demand, Sacrewell is once again teaming up with Peterborough Astronomical Society (PAS) for their annual March Star Party.
Now in its fourth year, the team is pleased to be offering free entry for children at the event on Saturday 4 March 5.30pm.
Events Officer Jack Pishhorn said: “We are very lucky to work with PAS who are incredibly passionate about the sky at night and will be on hand to talk to all those who attend-from beginners to experts.” PAS bring along their telescopes and set them up on the hard standing near the barn so that visitors can look at stars and constellations (weather permitting). They also create a planetarium style display and walk you through the sky at night, using apps and technology that is available to all and easy to use.
Jack added: “We want people to go away inspired by what they see and learn at the Star Party and try to make it as accessible as we can; whether it’s using an app to identify a star or constellation, or to buy their first telescope.”
Talks include: 'Small Bodies of the Solar System' (Pluto's Demotion) by Phil Adams, and 'Motorway to Mars' (Will humans ever walk on Mars) by Keith Townsend.
The event starts at 5.30pm and finishes at 9pm (last entry at 8:30pm) with a programme of talks and displays throughout the evening. Entry costs £5 per adult and children under 16 can visit for free. The entry fee includes access to the playbarn during these times, and hot drinks and snacks will be available to buy.
Tickets for the event will be limited so please book in advance to guarantee entry. It's worth being early for the talks in particular to get yourself a seat. Use the programme below to help you plan your evening before you arrive:
Doors open at 5.30pm (via main Sacrewell entrance)
Explore the telescopes from 5.30pm until close
Displays and playbarn from 5.30pm until close
Talk 1 – ‘Small Bodies of the Solar System’ (Pluto's Demotion): 6pm and 7.30pm (each lasting up to 30mins)
Talk 2 – ‘Motorway to Mars’: 6:45pm and 8.15pm (each lasting up to 30mins)
Last entry to the site at 8.30pm
Sacrewell site closes at 9pm