Bromsgrove residents urged to look to the skies at stargazing event

By Tristan Harris Tuesday 07 January 2014 Updated: 09/01 16:20

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THOSE wanting to find out more about the stars in 2014 can go to a special event which has been organised by Bromsgrove Astronomical Society.

The group's public open evening will take place at 7pm on Monday (January 13) at Bromsgrove Rugby Club, Finstall Park, Finstall Road.

The event, one of a number being held up and down the country in conjuction with BBC Two's Stargazing Live, will encourage everyone to look towards the night sky to see what they can see.

At the event on Monday, participants can learn about solar weather, comets, our solar system, nebulae, galaxies, observation, digital astrophotography and telescopic equipment.

The rugby club provides a good vantage point for visual astronomy and there will be a number of free family activities taking place.

They include observation through a range of telescopes, information displays on numerous topics and a presentation on what to see in the spring night sky.

Rob Januszewski, the chairman of Bromsgrove Astronomical Society, said: “We are incredibly excited to be able to put on a fantastic event for all the family as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live 2014 event.

"This is an ideal opportunity for beginner’s and amateur astronomers to get involved with an event that captures the hearts and minds of the local community.”

Thousands of people took part in Stargazing Live events around the UK last year.

The latest series of BBC Two's Stargazing Live, hosted by Prof Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain, begins at 8pm tonight (Tuesday).

Stargazing Live will include three days of jaw-dropping images, surprising science and unique demonstrations, along with the latest weather reports, pictures from probes around the solar system and an attempt to film the Aurora Borealis live from an aeroplane.

Prof Cox said: “This series promises to be bolder and more ambitious than ever.

"We’ll be looking at everything from the Milky Way and other galaxies to space weather.

"Everyone can get involved and we hope the audience will join in to explore the wonders of space.”

There will also be street stargazing pop-up events led by experts across the UK, designed to show people how accessible astronomy can be even in towns and cities.

To accompany the events, BBC Learning is producing free resources, including a calendar with things to watch out for in the night sky throughout the year as well as fantastic facts on space weather, exploration and the Milky Way and other galaxies.

This will be available to download at bbc.co.uk/stargazing or to pick up at Stargazing events.

For more on Bromsgrove Astronomical Society, visit www.broms-astro.org.uk or log onto www.facebook.com/bromsastro to check out the group on Facebook.

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