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Public Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
Sherwood Observtory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield Notts NG 17 5LF
Sat Mar 24, 2018
Time: 1845hrs
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 under 16's £1 (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
Join members of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society on Saturday 24th March, for our final public open evening of the 2017/2018 season. You will have the opportunity to explore our beautiful galaxy using the main computer guided 61cm Newtonian Reflector telescope supported by a variety of smaller portable telescopes and binoculars on the external pad (please feel free to bring your own binoculars). Members of the Society will also be on hand to point out and talk about a variety of celestial delights visible at this time of year. Inside the Observatory building, you will be able to listen to “the sounds of space,” and observe incoming meteors with the radio astronomy equipment. Our radio astronomer will be on hand to explain the workings of the equipment, and show visitors his amazing collection of space rocks. In the external marquee, there will be a series of talks on an astronomical theme which will run throughout the evening. Children will be able to try their hand at landing a space shuttle with the flight simulator game and make a crater on the “crater creator” (which can be a little messy). You could also win a prize in our “astrodraw.” Come and look at the exciting plans we are developing to build the first 100 seater planetarium in the area, which we hope to have operational by 2020. Astronomically themed merchandise and hot and cold refreshments will be on sale, and at the end of the night, you will be issued with a free sky map or an astronomy factsheet to take way. Free onsite parking. Due to the popularity of the event, the car park gets very busy, and you might be directed to an alternative parking venue. Please follow the instructions of the car park marshals. Disabled access to all areas (but be aware that the main telescope is situated at the top of a spiral staircase). It’s important to wrap up warm as the majority of time will be spent outside. Astronomy can be a very cold science. In case of poor weather and viewing, the telescopes may be restricted to terrestrial objects, and if so, members will demonstrate their use. All other activities will run as normal. For more information about this open evening and other activities, please log onto our website:

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