SO­CI­ETY in fo­cus

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Per­ton Li­brary As­tron­omy Group meets monthly at our lo­cal li­brary. We wanted to pub­li­cise the BBC Stargaz­ing Live pro­grammes and to at­tract more in­ter­est in as­tron­omy. We try to cater for be­gin­ners here and are also af­fil­i­ated to the Wolver­hamp­ton As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety, which holds reg­u­lar lec­tures on di­verse as­tro­nom­i­cal top­ics at an ex­pert level.

The in­ten­tion was to fur­ther in­ter­est in as­tron­omy lo­cally and to at­tract more reg­u­lar mem­bers. The li­brary is a fairly busy place dur­ing the week and the stand was manned when staff were avail­able. The li­brary aims to of­fer the pub­lic as di­verse a range of ac­tiv­i­ties as pos­si­ble and the as­tron­omy group is sup­ported well with a reg­u­lar fol­low­ing. Through­out the week we had some in­ter­est­ing ques­tions from vis­i­tors like “How big is the Uni­verse?”, “Why can we see things that are so far away?” and “Does light keep go­ing over long dis­tances?” We also had some re­quests for ad­vice on buy­ing tele­scopes, so we hope we may see some new mem­bers as a re­sult! Doug Bick­ley, Per­ton Li­brary As­tron­omy Group, Wolver­hamp­ton

Staff of­fered kit ad­vice as well as an­swer­ing ques­tions

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