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Great chance to learn about the sky at night

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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ASHBOURNE stargazers are being invited to learn more about the night sky in National Astronomy Week.

The White Peak Astronomical Observing Group (WPAOG) is holding an event to help people understand more, and maybe even get the chance to spot Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.

The event is free to attend, and is being held close to Wirksworth, at the StarDisc in Stoney Wood, on Saturday, March 8.

The events start at 4pm, with observations of the sun through WPAOG solar telescopes, and after sunset visitors will have the chance to use a variety of telescopes to view Jupiter and deep space objects such as distant galaxies.

WPAOG members will be on hand to help people find their way around the night sky, and there is an additional helpful resource - the StarDisc, a 40 foot granite star chart mirroring the night sky of the northern hemisphere.

Organisers said: “Last week’s event was really popular, and we had more than 30 visitors, all very enthused by the sights.

It was a typical viewing day - cloud first, and then the sun broke through to allow wonderful views of the sun, solar flares and loads of sunspots, but in the evening the cloud came back, and it looked for a while that we would have to pack up.

But just after 7pm it cleared, and we had great views of Jupiter, and several deep sky objects.”

Further details can be found at www.wpaog.co.uk

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