Heath plays host to astronomy festival
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