STARGAZING KENDAL… How’s it going?

So, with just a couple of days of our mini astro festival left to go, how has STARGAZING KENDAL gone so far?

We started off on Monday night with an “open night” at Kendal Museum, when we flung open the doors for our monthly meeting and invited along anyone who wanted to learn more about what we do. It was our annual “Telescope Night”, when members bring along their telescopes and everyone has a good look at the variety of instruments owned by the Society. This year we had a REALLY good selection of telescopes, so thank you to everyone who brought one to the meeting!

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The next evening, Tuesday, The Brewery Arts Centre showed the SF film “Contact” in their Warehouse Cafe cinema for us. 24 hours later, members if the Society gathered up at Kendal Castle for the first observing event of the week, a “Skywatch”… unfortunately that sky was totally cloudy, so we saw nothing “Up there”, and missed the chance to show people Mars and Saturn shining close together over the town, and the Moon shining over the castle ruins, but still, lots of people came up to the castle and enjoyed chatting to us about the night sky and finding out more about the Society. And it was great to welcome back our Founder, Philip Stobbart, who brought with him a VERY special birthday card, signed by many famous astro people…

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Thursday night the Brewery Arts Centre showed another film for us in The Warehouse, this time the space thriller “Sunshine”. Then last night was Lecture Night at The Box, and a small but select crowd enjoyed a trio of talks on beginners astronomy and astrophotography, from EAS Secretary Stuart Atkinson, EAS Treasurer Simon White and Cockermouth AS’s Jeremy Hunt, who travelled all the way down from Cockernouth to support us…

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Today, Saturday, is our main observing day, with not one but TWO public observing events being held at The Brewery Arts Centre.

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We’ll be looking at the Sun between 2 and 4, and the Moon after 8pm. If you haven’t come along to one of our STARGAZING KENDAL events yet, today’s your chance. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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