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Solar Astronomy

Mars at Opposition

Mars will be at it's closest to Earth tonight - observe it through our telescopes & hold a piece of Mars in the palm of your hand!

Date & Time

Date Tuesday 13th October, 2020
Time 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Age Suitability

Martians and Mars explorers from 8-108 will enjoy this event.

Equipment Needed

No special equipment is needed for this session.

Ticket Prices

Adult £22.50
Concession £19.50
Family £55.50
A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.


Mars is bright in the sky for the whole of this Autumn & Winter but tonight is special because it's the night when Earth and Mars are the closest they will be until December 2022.

The red planet has been the inspiration for many Sci Fi stories over the decades, H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" being probably the most famous.  It is also a planet populated entirely with Robots from Earth, (well - maybe there are Martians living there - microbes under the surface... who knows?)

Tonight, weather permitting, in addition to stargazing and taking in some of the wonders of the universe, we'll be looking closely at Mars and trying to make out the ice caps at the poles and volcanic dark patches on its surface.  In addition to looking at the red planet through our telescopes and binoculars we'll show you our Museum Quality Meteorite Collection - including an actual piece of Mars itself

If we have inclement weather, this evening will take the format of one of our popular and exciting "Astronomy for Absolute Beginners" evenings.



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