Irchester Star Watching

cDSCN7534We are very excited to tell you about our Star Watching Event last week. Last year, we visited the Northants. Amateur Astronomers Society for a solar watch which was really cool (read here). This time we invited them to our school field for a star watching night.

DSCN7527We were very nervous during the day as it was very, very cloudy and we were unsure if we would be able to see anything at all. Luckily, at about ten to seven the clouds parted and out came the bright full moon!

Many people joined us, at one point we had over 60 parents and aDSCN7528children watching the sky! A lot of children and adults brought their own telescopes. We think there must be a secret astronomers club in Irchester!

Highlights of the night included seeing the interface of Jupiter and counting the four moons of Jupiter that were visible. Everyone was very excited after the event as they kept reporting different things DSCN7531they had seen in the sky such as moonbows and partial coronas the following night.

It was an exciting night for the community and a big thank you goes to the NAAS and all the people who came out in the freezing cold to take part.  We will definitely have another star watching

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night soon!

As the NAAS told us “Happy Sky Watching!”

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