The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another of our very popular astronomy evenings at the Museum beside Bangor Castle, on Friday evening, 27th March, at 7.00 p.m.
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. Admission £1, with no extra charge for the stardome shows
There will be free shows in the Stardome at 7.00, 7.45, 8.30 and 9.15, and these MUST be booked in advance by ringing the Museum at 028 9127 1200.
The highlight will be a spectacular Moon high in the sky, providing jaw-dropping views in the telescopes. In addition we will get a great view of –
Giant Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, with its four large Moons;
The 'Evening Star', the brightest 'star' in the sky, which is actually Venus;
Fascinating Mars, where the search for life goes on;
and spectacular starry sights like Orion, the Seven Sisters, and the Great Andromeda Galaxy.
All those of course are weather dependent.