The Sun takes centre stage at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

The Bristol Astronomical Society look's to the sky for nature's greatest wonder

Bristol Astronomical Society

The only way is up at Bristol's Festival of Nature

As festival goers descended on Bristol’s harbourside this weekend for the annual Festival of Nature, the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world, the Bristol Astronomical Society were on hand encouraging the public to look skyward and embrace one of natures most spectacular, but often overlooked, wonders  - the Sun.

With an array of solar viewing equipment ranging from 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrains and Coronados to filtered binoculars, the society were on hand to show passers by some of the Sun’s more surprising features, giving many people the most intimate view of our star they had ever seen.

Despite slightly adverse weather conditions, the Sun had its hat firmly in place on the Sunday, giving the team the opportunity to really show off their equipment. As well as telescope demonstrations, the society conducted a number of thought provoking games to illustrate our Sun’s place in the Universe.

The weekend was topped off with a series of lively discussions. So close to the transit of Venus earlier this month, many of these focused on the team’s efforts to capture (or not) this once-in-a-lifetime event.




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