Astrocampus: Astrocampus Star Party!

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Astrocampus Star Party!

Wrap up warm and join us on the Astrocampus for some late night observing! With a new moon occurring the night before, the skies will be dark and perfect to explore using our telescopes. However, in the event of poor weather conditions there are a variety of astronomy themed talks instead. Hot drinks are provided!

Date: 26 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
Time: 9:00pm - 12:00am
Location: Astrocampus

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As we move further into spring, the nights are becoming shorter and shorter. As a result, there's less opportunities available for astronomy. So wrap up warm and join us at the Astrocampus on 26th May as we stay up late to learn all about the night sky and (weather permitting) explore it in great deal with our telescopes!

The main intention of this event will be to make good use of the observatories and telescopes that we have available here at the University of York. The night before will be a new moon, meaning the skies will be as dark as possible for us to hopefully observe some deep sky objects. This would include star clusters, nebulae and other galaxies! If the skies are clear, then there's plenty for us to look up at in the fast approaching summer sky. At the very least though, the planet Jupiter will be shining brightly in the sky, and when peered at through a telescope it'd be hard to miss its four Galilean moons!

However, clear skies unfortunately aren't a guarantee. So over the course of the event, there will be a range of different talks delivered as well. Topics include:

Looking at the basics of astronomy, and learning how you can best get involved with the hobby yourself at home

The history of telescopes, telling the 400 year long story from Galileo's handy refracting telescope, to the James Webb Space Telescope being launched by NASA next year

A lesson in cosmology, looking at the hidden parts of our universe that we simply cannot see or detect yet makes up most of the universe

Hot drinks will be provided!