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April
Public Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
Sherwood Observtory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield Notts NG 17 5LF
Sat Apr 1, 2017
Time: 1845hrs
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 under 16's £1 (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
This is our final public open evening of he 2016/2017 season. You will have an opportunity to stare into our solar system and behold our beautiful galaxy through our famous 24” and other portable telescopes. Listen to “the sounds of space” and track incoming meteors through our radio astronomy equipment. Take a guided tour around the stars. If you have a pair of binoculars bring them along. There will also be themed talks and childrens activities (eg “crater making,” an astronomy themed quiz, and a space shuttle landing simulation) Booking is not required – just turn up (please note that under 16's MUST be accompanied by an adult). Free onsite parking. Refreshments. Disabled access to all areas (however, please note that the main telescope is situated in a dome at the top of a spiral staircase). If you have any questions on an astronomical theme, our members will be on hand to answer them. Free sky maps or factsheets to take away. Wrap up warm as most of the evening will be spent outside (astronomy can be a very cold science). Weather conditions may restrict viewing but the event will still go ahead. Please be aware. Due to the popularity of the event, there is a possibility that even if you arrive early before the gates open, you may have to wait a couple of hours before being admitted to the main telescope and talk. However, if this does happen, please visit the other activities first. Further information about this and all other events and activities can be found on our website at www.sherwood-observatory.org and you can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
April
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Apr 10, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
April
Medieval astronomy: the not-so-Dark Ages? by Seb Falk
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Apr 24, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
Seb Falk will introduce the methods and instruments of medieval astronomy. Astronomers in medieval universities and monasteries refined ancient theories, developed new ways of calculating and presenting information, and above all invented complex, ingenious instruments like astrolabes. Seb will explain some of these and show that perhaps the Dark Ages were not as dark as is often thought.

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