Tele­scopes Through The Ages

Cardiff Univer­sity, 4 Fe­bru­ary, 7.30pm

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The York­shire Dales and North York Moors Na­tional Park Au­thor­i­ties host a week-long Dark Skies Fes­ti­val this month, invit­ing vis­i­tors to get stargaz­ing away from the light pol­lu­tion of big cities.

Events in­clude ob­serv­ing ses­sions, a So­lar Sys­tem scav­enger hunt, tele­scope mak­ing, craft ac­tiv­i­ties and sto­ry­telling ses­sions for chil­dren.

There will also be a star party on the evening of 20 Fe­bru­ary in the North York Moors, with ex­perts on hand to give ad­vice to ex­pe­ri­enced and am­a­teur as­tronomers alike. The main events will be held in and around the Na­tional Park Cen­tres in Reeth, Ays­garth Falls and Danby, as well as Sut­ton Bank, Hawes and Dalby For­est, the lat­ter three of which are ‘Milky Way’ class Dark Sky Dis­cov­ery Sites.

Both na­tional parks are work­ing with the Reeth In­for­mal As­tron­omy Group and Whitby & District As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety to stage the fes­ti­val. Prices for the events range from free to £6. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.northyorkm­oors. org.uk/dark­skies and www. york­shiredales.org.uk/stargaz­ing Dr Chris North of Cardiff Univer­sity’s School of Physics and As­tron­omy looks at the his­tory of tele­scopes, from Galileo’s first to the largest spec­i­mens on Earth. The lecture will dis­cuss how they can help us to see be­yond the spec­trum of vis­i­ble light and how as­tronomers can har­ness the com­bined power of mul­ti­ple scopes. Ad­mis­sion is free. www.cardiff-as­tro­nom­i­cal-so­ci­ety.co.uk

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, 18-28 Fe­bru­ary

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