He­bridean Dark Skies Fes­ti­val's free events

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Dark Skies Ex­plo­ration Day, at An Lan­ntair on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 9, will fea­ture six hours of free talks, work­shops and more.

From 11am to 5pm, An Lan­ntair will be­come a lab­o­ra­tory of cos­mic ac­tiv­ity for all ages, with work­shops and talks led by Stornoway As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety, Lews Cas­tle Col­lege UHI, arts and science project Creativity and Cu­rios­ity, Astronomer Royal for Scot­land John Brown, and An Lan­ntair's ed­u­ca­tion team. All events are free but ad­vance book­ing is rec­om­mended.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Ea­ton-Lewis said: ‘We're very keen that ev­ery­one gets a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence this ex­cit­ing new fes­ti­val, so on our open­ing Satur­day An Lan­ntair will be filled with free events for all ages – from science talks for teenagers and adults to arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties for smaller chil­dren, and a spe­cial Ask the Astronomer ses­sion with Astronomer Royal for Scot­land John Brown, where you can ask John any ques­tion you want about the uni­verse.'

The full pro­gramme for the day is as fol­lows. Free tick­ets can be booked on­line via www.lan­ntair.com/dark­skies or by phone on 01851 708480

11am-5pm (foyer and fore­court): arts and crafts dropin, Stornoway As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety in­for­ma­tion stall with ad­vice on tele­scopes and binoc­u­lars, and (weather per­mit­ting) so­lar scope demon­stra­tions on the fore­court.

11.30am: An In­tro­duc­tion to the Plan­ets and Moons of the So­lar Sys­tem (au­di­to­rium, 1hr ap­prox, suit­able for ages nine and above).

An in­sight into our near­est

cos­mo­log­i­cal neigh­bours, with Donny Mackay of Stornoway As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Noon: work­shop – make a so­lar sys­tem mo­bile (ed­u­ca­tion room, 1hr ap­prox, suit­able for fam­i­lies, chil­dren of all ages, with ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at ages five and over. Fam­i­lies wel­come).

1pm: A He­bridean his­tory of space travel (au­di­to­rium, 45 mins ap­prox, suit­able for teenagers and adults).

Ahead of the fes­ti­val's spe­cial screen­ing of The Rocket Post, Christo­pher Ma­cleod of Lews Cas­tle Col­lege UHI ex­plores some of the fas­ci­nat­ing He­bridean con­nec­tions to the de­vel­op­ment of rocket tech­nol­ogy and space travel.

1pm: work­shop – build a plas­tic bot­tle rocket (ed­u­ca­tion room, 1hr ap­prox, suit­able for fam­i­lies, chil­dren of all ages, with ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at ages five and over. Fam­i­lies wel­come). 2pm: Creativity and Cu­rios­ity: A Col­lab­o­ra­tion Be­tween Artists And As­tronomers (au­di­to­rium, 2hrs, suit­able for teenagers and adults).

What hap­pens when artists col­lab­o­rate with as­tronomers, cos­mol­o­gists and plan­e­tary ge­ol­o­gists? For the past two years, artists Gil­lian Mc­Far­land, Ione Parkin and Ali­son Lochhead have been ex­plor­ing the rich im­agery of space, en­gag­ing in cre­ative dia­logue with space re­searchers and artists, gain­ing new in­sights into the dy­namic forces of the uni­verse. Launched at Cam­bridge Science Fes­ti­val in March 2017, Creativity and Cu­rios­ity now makes its first visit to Lewis with Dr Amuary Tri­aud, dis­cov­erer of more than 100 ex­o­plan­ets.

2pm: work­shop – make your own kalei­do­scope tele­scope (ed­u­ca­tion room, 1hr ap­prox, suit­able for fam­i­lies, chil­dren of all ages, with ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at ages five and over. Fam­i­lies wel­come).

3pm: work­shop – paint your own gal­axy (ed­u­ca­tion room, 1hr ap­prox, suit­able for fam­i­lies, chil­dren of all ages, with ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at ages five and over. Fam­i­lies wel­come).

4pm: Ask the Astronomer, with John Brown (au­di­to­rium, 1hr ap­prox, suit­able for all ages).

What are your most burn­ing ques­tions about as­tron­omy, space and the uni­verse? Through­out the day we will be col­lect­ing ques­tions and, for our fi­nal ses­sion, Astronomer Royal for Scot­land John Brown will do his best to an­swer them (as well as any ques­tions you think of dur­ing the ses­sion it­self).

The He­bridean Dark Skies Fes­ti­val will run from Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 8 to Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 21, 2019. For full pro­gramme de­tails, and to book tick­ets, visit www. lan­ntair.com/dark­skies. Tick­ets can also be booked via the An Lan­ntair box of­fice on 01851 708480.

Astronomer Royal John Brown.

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