Image of Comet Swan, now a naked eye object at magnitude 5.1. Unfortunately views will be challenging this far north due to sky brightness and low viewing altitudes. Friends further south might have some luck especially near the end of May, but best views will be in the southern hemisphere. I’ll post more observing details later this month. Stay tuned to my FB site meanwhile.
Ross teaching us how to make a comet in a bin bag!
We had a great day of outdoor and indoor astronomy learning with our guests from Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday.
Ross and Andrew travelled all the way up the A9 loaded with space and science kit to kick off our first 2019 daytime event for the Star Stories programme.
Ross ran a fascinating hands-on Comet making workshop in the outdoor woodcraft shed, demonstrating how Comets form and disintegrate as they travel around the Sun.
Meanwhile Andrew presented an indoor planetarium show using a projector and Stellarium software, taking audiences across the night sky and explaining some of the science and mythology of the constellations.
Everyone seemed to have a great time and we’re looking forward to continuing the summer programme with our Summer Solstice event on the 21st June. Please check my facebook page for booking details in the weeks ahead.
Interactive exhibits kept the youngsters entertained between learning streams
Outdoor astronomy learning
Andrew’s star hopping presentation
As part of the Star Stories programme up at Abriachan Forest we’ve invited the On Tour outreach team at Glasgow Science Centre to kickstart our daytime events on April 27th.
The GSC team will deliver indoor stargazing activities as well as meteorite handling, and comet and crater making. They’ll also be bringing a sample of their interactive science exhibits.
If you’d like to attend please book via the eventbrite link here and also look out for more astronomy events over the brighter months. We have plans to purchase a Hydrogen alpha telescope in the next few weeks which will form the basis for some outdoor solar events. Follow this blog or keep tabs on my facebook page for developments.
There’s still a few tickets left for the last dark sky observing session in March available here.