Dis­cover the fun of stargaz­ing

North Harbour News - - SPORT -

Peo­ple have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the stars.

From an­cient times they have looked up at the night sky and imag­ined leg­ends, myths and mon­sters.

To­day we have iden­ti­fied and la­belled most of the con­stel­la­tions we see above us. We con­tinue to in­crease our knowl­edge of the stars as new ob­jects and pat­terns are dis­cov­ered.

More pow­er­ful tele­scopes al­low us to peer deeper into space and mea­sure tiny shifts in light waves to gather data and an­a­lyse it.

As­tron­omy is one of the sci­ences where amateurs have made a large con­tri­bu­tion to the knowl­edge base.

Star­dome Ob­ser­va­tory & Plan­e­tar­ium is keen to en­cour­age more peo­ple to stargaze, which is why they are tak­ing tele­scopes out to the peo­ple.

Fe­bru­ary sees Star­dome team up with the free ‘Movies in Parks’ events to add free te­le­scope view­ing (weather per­mit­ting) at these events:

Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 11 – Fort Taka­puna, Devon­port 7.30-10.30pm – The Rocky Horror Pic­ture Show

Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 12 – Fort Taka­puna, Devon­port 7.30-10.30pm – Boy

Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 18 – Lynn Re­serve, Glen­field 7.30-10.30pm – The Lovely Bones

Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 19 – Lynn Re­serve, Glen­field 7.30-10.30pm – Un­der the Moun­tain

Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 25 – Collins Park, Green­hithe 7.30-10.30pm – Home by Christ­mas

Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 26 – Collins Park, Green­hithe 7.30-10.30pm – Predica­ment

Wed­nes­day March 2 – Monte Cecilia Park, Hills­bor­ough 7.30-10.30pm – Avatar

Thurs­day March 3 – Monte Cecilia Park, Hills­bor­ough 7.30-10.30pm – Boy.

Just roll up on these nights and take ad­van­tage of this great op­por­tu­nity.

Stargaz­ing cational fun is for edu

the whole fam­ily.

The Star­dome team will be happy to an­swer ques­tions and talk you through what is vis­i­ble each night.

You will come away in­spired!

Star­dome Ob­ser­va­tory & Plan­e­tar­ium, phone 624-1246. www.star­dome.org.nz. 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Do­main, Royal Oak. Date with the stars: Great movies and stargaz­ing come to­gether with Movies in Parks and Star­dome’s free Fe­bru­ary ‘star­dates’.

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