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Stargazing at Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum's first stargazing event. Picture; Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum's first stargazing event. Picture; Beamish Museum

First astronomy event’s a sell-out at museum, 6.30-9.30pm, Friday, January 26

Beamish Museum will be looking to the skies instead of the past for once, as it hosts its first stargazing and astronomy evening, which sold out within 12 hours!

The event is in partnership with Sunderland Astronomical Society, with powerful telescopes of all shapes and sizes at Pockerley Waggonway and in The Colliery Yard and Pit Village.

A mobile planetarium will be set up in the Masonic Hall in The 1900s Town so that visitors can experience the wonders of the solar system.

Paul Foster, Historic Events Officer at Beamish, said: “This a fascinating first for Beamish and a new addition to our calendar of events.

Visit the planetarium

“The planetarium is an exciting addition to the evening and I’m sure visitors will find it enthralling.”

In The Pit Village school, there’ll be the opportunity to have a go at making a planisphere, a glow-in-the-dark constellation or your own planet and galaxy. Amateur astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge.

See more of the moon
See more of the moon

There’ll be talks in The Pit Village band hall and chapel and The Waggonway engine shed, including Moon Myths and Legends, and Water on Mars. Every visitor will receive a free stargazing-friendly torch.

Michael Tweedy, chair of Sunderland Astronomical Society, said: “Observing the night sky through our specialised telescopes in an iconic setting is a first for our society.

Monster telescopes

“We’ll be giving visitors the opportunity to look through the eyepiece of monster telescopes, see gas clouds and star clusters and look in wonder at galaxies live on screen.”

The event is now sold out – for more information on the museum, visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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