Guildford Astronomical Society

Newlands Corner Public Observing Evening

Newlands Corner 2015-03-27Friday, 27th March 2015 from 6.30pm

In collaboration with BBC2’s Stargazing Live, Guildford Astronomical Society are holding another of their very popular and highly enjoyable public observing evenings at the NT Car Park, Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE. Members of the public are invited to come along and meet GAS members and their telescopes and take a look at the wonders of the Night Sky.

The Moon will be at first quarter and so we’ll have good dark skies later in the evening to better see faint objects such as nebulae and galaxies.

See the beautiful Great Orion Nebula, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades and many other stars, clusters, galaxies and nebulae that will be visible throughout the evening.

Jupiter will be spectacular in the South East and will be on show most of the evening. Some of the members’ telescopes are equipped with high-power eyepieces that will show its bands of coloured clouds and maybe even the famous Great Red Spot!

At least four of Jupiter’s satellites will be visible. These are the same four moons (Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io) that Galileo saw in January 1610 when he first turned his telescope on the giant planet. If you look at Jupiter a few times during the evening and note the position of the moons you’ll easily see that they’ll have moved in their orbit around Jupiter. This what led Galileo to conclude that Copernicus was right: the Earth goes around the Sun!

This event is:

  • Suitable for everyone,
  • Free and
  • There’s no need to book

Obviously it’s cold at this time of year so we thoroughly recommend that you wrap up warm and wear wellington boots out on the field where the telescopes are located (hot drinks will be on sale in the Visitor’s Centre if you need a warm break). Also, because of potential tripping hazards in the dark out on the field, children must be accompanied by an adult.

If it’s cloudy we’ll be indoors with a display, exhibition, possibly a short talk and GAS members will be on hand to answer questions.

GAS Posters in PDF format advertising the event are here (1up), here (2up) and here (4up).

GAS would like to thank the Surrey Wildlife Trust for their kind permission to use the Visitor Centre.