Heath plays host to as­tron­omy fes­ti­val

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

INTERSTELLAR en­thu­si­asts from across the re­gion are due to de­scend on Run­corn this July as the North West As­tron­omy Fes­ti­val (NWAF) re­turns to the Heath Busi­ness And Tech­ni­cal Park for the sixth whirl­wind of talks and stalls.

The event opens at 10am on Satur­day, July 6, and or­gan­is­ers said this year’s fo­cus will be on grass­roots as­tron­omy.

Vis­i­tors will be able to take ad­vice and view the lat­est tele­scopes be­fore buy­ing should they wish, browse the re­tail stalls for vi­tal bits of kit, watch plan­e­tar­ium shows in a space dome, take part in ‘Astronomers Ques­tion Time’, give as­tron­omy a go, try so­lar ob­serv­ing, meet as­tro­nom­i­cal groups and so­ci­eties, and en­joy an evening of food and mu­sic at the So­cial Sup­per.

There are also ex­hi­bi­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties and talks about ac­ces­si­ble as­tron­omy in­clud­ing dark skies, start­ing out in stargaz­ing, as­tropho­tog­ra­phy and me­te­orites.

Three big names in the world of as­tron­omy are also head­ing along as guest pre­sen­ters: Will Ga­tor, Damian Peach and Chris Lin­tott.

Pre­sen­ta­tions are £5 each to at­tend.

Tick­ets can be bought on the door on the day for in­di­vid­ual pre­sen­ta­tions or as part of the VIP ticket pack­age.

A NWAF spokesman said: “Satur­day would not be com­plete with­out our Satur­day So­cial Sup­per with live mu­sic, food and a fair bit of hi­lar­ity – not to be missed. The day closes with our awe­some raf­fle, an event that has be­come a per­for­mance in its own right – make sure you buy your tick­ets dur­ing the day.”

Vis­i­tors us­ing sat­navs to find the lo­ca­tion are ad­vised to up­date their data­bases.

The North West As­tron­omy Fes­ti­val is a ‘not for profit’ event and is made pos­si­ble by spon­sor­ship from Astro­farm in France and As­tron­omy Now mag­a­zine. A NWAF spokesman said nei­ther busi­ness nor any in­di­vid­ual from the busi­nesses re­ceives any pay­ment for their in­volve­ment in the fes­ti­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit nwastro­fest.co.uk

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