Stargazing Live in Cockermouth 2012
On Saturday January 28th, 2012 Cockermouth Astronomical Society will once again be holding a public stargazing event associated with the BBC Stargazing LIVE TV series which will air in January. Both the TV series and our local event were very popular earlier this year and we hope to go even bigger and better!!
Based this time in the United Reformed Church in Cockermouth Main Street, and open to everyone, we will have a variety of displays and talks during the afternoon and evening. You will get the opportunity to learn about the night sky; current space missions; how to choose and use astronomical equipment and how to take your own photos of the night sky. We will show you how to see the moons of Jupiter, nebulae where stars are being born, the remnants of an exploding star, and the Andromeda galaxy - the most distant object visible with the naked eye over 2 million light years away.
Later in the evening, weather permitting, there will also be an opportunity to get hands on with telescopes and see the objects shown in the TV series for yourself! Society members will be based in Memorial Gardens to demonstrate equipment and answer your questions. The event is free and suitable for all ages, so come along and 'look up'!