Inside the Stardome!

North Down Museum – Stars and Mars, Moon and Jupiter!

The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another of our very popular astronomy evenings at the North Down Museum beside Bangor Castle, on Saturday evening, 3rd May, at 6 pm. Once again we'll have a selection of powerful telescopes and binoculars for viewing the night sky, an exhibition, short astronomy and space films, a selection of meteorites (rocks from space) which you can actually hold, and of course the Stardome mobile planetarium just in case of bad weather. And you'll have a chance to meet our own 'Ulsternaut', Derek Heatly from Groomsport, who is booked to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.
There will be free shows in the Stardome at 6:15, 7:00, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15, and these must be booked on the night.
The highlights in the sky will be a spectacular crescent Moon high in the sky, observable in the daylight – sunset is at 9pm. In addition as soon as darkness fallswe will get a great view of giant Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, with its four large Moons, and a bright Mars, of course this depends on the weather!

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