Ob­ser­va­tory Sci­ence Cen­tre, Her­st­mon­ceux, East Sus­sex, 8 De­cem­ber, 6.30pm

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De­cem­ber marks the 50th an­niver­sary of Apollo 8, when on Christ­mas Eve NASA as­tro­nauts Frank Bor­man, James Lovell and Bill An­ders be­came the first hu­mans to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the Moon. This spe­cial open evening at the fa­mous Ob­ser­va­tory Sci­ence Cen­tre will be­gin with a pre­sen­ta­tion on Apollo 8 by Robin Mobbs, a lead ed­u­ca­tor at the UK’s Na­tional Space Academy. After that, vis­i­tors will be in­vited to take part in a spot of stargaz­ing.

In­ter­est­ing tar­gets to see on the night in­clude Uranus and Nep­tune along with deep-sky ob­jects like the An­dromeda Galaxy, while the con­stel­la­tion of Orion will be high in the sky, of­fer­ing the chance to view the Orion Neb­ula. The open evening also co­in­cides with the be­gin­ning of the Gem­i­nid me­teor shower, one of the more reg­u­larly prodi­gious of the an­nual me­teor show­ers.

Join the team at Her­st­mon­ceux and view some of these tar­gets through the Ob­ser­va­tory’s tele­scopes. Ob­serv­ing is weather-de­pen­dent, so con­tact Her­st­mon­ceux on the day to make sure the ob­serv­ing is still go­ing ahead.

Ad­mis­sion is £8.25 for adults, £6.25 for those un­der 16 and there are also group dis­counts for fam­i­lies avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion and ticket prices, visit the ob­ser­va­tory web­site. www.the-ob­ser­va­tory.org/open-evenings

Her­st­mon­ceux will be cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of Apollo 8’s Christ­mas voy­age

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