Uranus at Opposition
The distant and cold ice giant planet Uranus is at it's closest to Earth tonight and will be as big and bright as it gets!
Date & Time
|Date||Saturday 31st October, 2020|
|Time||9:00pm to 11:00pm|
Newbie Stargazers from 8 to 108 years old will enjoy this experience
No specialist equipment is needed for this session
|A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.|
This is the best time to view Uranus which is so far away that you need a big telescope like ours to see it. This blue-green planet is almost three billion miles away and unlike all the other planets, orbits the sun whilst tilted onto it's side. In addition to trying to view this spectacular ice giant planet, weather permitting we'll be doing a normal night of "astronomy for absolute beginners".
Astronomy for Absolute Beginners is specifically aimed at helping newcomers to stargazing find their way around the cosmos. Our expert team will explain how to prepare for a night of astronomy, covering things like clothing, equipment & technology. At the conclusion of the evening, you'll be able to guide yourself around some of the more easily recognisable features of the night sky; Easily recognisable constellations, features of the moon, how to spot the planets, and other things such as aurorae, star clusters and the Andromeda Galaxy - easily seen from the Battlesteads Observatory with the naked eye.
During the winter months the observatory warm room is kept cosy and with hot drinks available; this simply is the best and most comfortable way to be introduced to the dark starry skies of Northumberland.
As of yet, we're unable to control the weather, so observing the skies can only go ahead if it's clear but you'll be pleased to know that all events go ahead in any weather conditions.