Please note that this list is not maintained throughout the year. It was put together to coincide with Stargazing Live in January 2016, around which the majority of the events took place.

The information may still be useful though – there are links to astronomy organisations across the UK, so you can find out how to join fellow stargazers near where you live to celebrate the wonders of the night sky.

Disclaimer: These events and activities are not organised by the BBC. Neither is the BBC responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any activity.

HEATON PARK ASTRONOMY GROUP

Bowls Pavilion, Heaton Park, North Manchester

21 January, 7pm to 9pm

Look and Learn 1

We will have a short talk on finding your way around the night sky then, if the sky is clear, there will be telescopes outside which you can look through. If it's cloudy we will remain inside and go into more detail about some of the constellations visible at this time of year - particularly Orion and the Winter Hexagon.

More information will be posted on our website on the morning of 21st, after we've seen the weather forecast!

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HEATON PARK ASTRONOMY GROUP

Bowls Pavilion, Heaton Park, North Manchester

28 January, 7pm to 9pm

Look and Learn 2

A short talk on choosing and using a telescope, followed by either stargazing outside or, if conditions aren't favourable, we'll talk about space probes, in particular New Horizons.
Full information will be posted on our website on the morning of 28th and details about directions can be found under Location.

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LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Knowsley, Merseyside, L36 3NA

29 January, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Stargazing Live: Members of the Liverpool Astronomical Society will display several telescopes for viewing the Moon and other objects in the night sky if clear. There will also be an illustrated talk on astronomy. This event is free, and is open to all members of the public.

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SUNDERLAND ASTRONOMY SOCIETY

15 & 16 January 2016, 6.30pm
Join local astronomers from across the North East for a fun night of assorted astronomical treats at the Cygnus Observatory at the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre. Powerful telescopes will be available to view:

  • Waxing crescent Moon in glorious detail.
  • Uranus, seventh planet outward from the sun.
  • Setting planet Mars.
  • Globular cluster, double cluster M31.
  • Amazing stellar nursery, the Orion Nebula (M42).
  • Andromeda Galaxy and gorgeous open star clusters such as 'The Seven Sisters' .
  • Plus many other wonders of the night sky.

Free Entry (Contributions to Society fundraising nonetheless welcomed).

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NORTHUMBERLAND ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Warkworth Golf Club, The Links, Warkworth, Northumberland NE65 0SW

8 February, 7pm to 10pm
An evening of astronomy at Warkworth Golf Club with the Northumberland Astronomical Society. Entry is free. There will be a talk on a topical subject, a display of equipment and if the weather permits, a stargazing session using equipment provided by members of the society, who will be available to answer questions and point their telescopes at objects around the sky. There will also be a laser-guided tour of the night sky. Please be sure to bring suitable warm clothing.

These are popular events so please register early to avoid disappointment, as the capacity of the venue is limited.

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KIELDER OBSERVATORY

12 Maling Studios, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle, NE6 2HL

Various events throughout January:

5 January Universe full of stars, 20:00 - 23:00
10 January Early Bird Astronomy, 17:00 - 19:00
13 January Orion Dark Hunter, 20:00 - 23:00
14 January Early Bird Astronomy 17:00 - 19:00
14 January Night Sky Safari 20:00 - 23:00
15 January Late night deep sky, 23:30 - 02:30
16 January Family Astronomy, 17:00 - 18:30
17 January Universe full of stars, 20:00 - 23:00
18 January Night Sky Safari 20:00 - 23:00
19 January Aurora 20:00 - 23:00
20 January Aurora 20:00 - 23:00
21 January Universe full of stars, 20:00 - 23:00
23 January Family Astronomy, 17:00 - 18:30
24 January Full Moon Party, 20:00 - 23:00
25 January Night Sky Safari, 20:00 - 23:00
26 January Universe full of stars, 20:00 - 23:00
27 January Aurora, 20:00 - 23:00
28 January Aurora, 20:00 - 23:00
29 January Late Night Sky Safari, 23:30 - 02:30
31 January Early Bird Astronomy, 17:00 - 19:00
31 January Orion Dark Hunter, 20:00 - 23:30

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HUDDERSFIELD OBSERVATORY, HD5 0BS

11 to 16 January, 7.30pm to 9pm (if clear skies)
Public Observatory Open Week: Observing the night sky with binoculars and telescopes. Disabled access can be arranged by prior notice - please make contact via the HAPS website prior to the event.

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TODMORDEN ASTRONOMY CENTRE

Astronomy Centre, Bacup Rd, Todmorden, West Yorkshire

14 January, 6.30pm till at least 11pm
Observing evening, junior observing, planetarium shows.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street. Swinton. S64 8AU

14 January, 7.45pm to 10pm

Back to Basics

Tonight’s talk is for those interested astronomy, beginners and those who just need to be reminded of the basics.
The talk will discuss how the human eye works, how to prepare for an evening viewing, basics of telescopes, mounts and setting them up. All that is needed for those first evenings under a clear dark sky.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.


Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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CLEETHORPES AND DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Beacon Hill Observatory, Beacon Hill Allotments, Off Montgomery Road, Cleethorpes

15 January, 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Stargazing Open Evening: If a clear night come look at the objects you saw on Stargazing Live. Visit our observatory and see how we can help you – we also have talks arranged for your enjoyment if the heavens above are clouded over.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

RSPB Old Moor-Dearne Valley, Old Moor Lane, Manvers Way, Barnsley, S73 0YF

16 January, 3pm to 6.30pm
Betelgeuse and Barn Owls: An evening of natural spectacle. Watch the birds come in to roost, then observe the night sky through the Societies telescopes. Presentations of the stars, Solar System and a planetarium demonstration.

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WEST YORKSHIRE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY


The Rosse Observatory Carleton Community Centre Carleton Road Pontefract WF7 3RJ

12, 13, 14 January, 7pm to 10.30pm

“Astronomy is looking up”

Planetarium: There will be two shows on Tuesday 12.
Lectures: 'Are we alone in our galaxy?’ and ‘The quest for extra terrestrial intelligence’.
Workshops: Build and launch your own rocket.
Plus children's activities.

See the galaxy through several of our telescopes. Find out how to choose your first telescope and more.

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Leeds Astronomical Society

New Inn, Eccup, LS16 8AU

15 January, from 7.00pm to 9.30pm

If clear, we will be out on the field observing with several large telescopes and whatever the weather, there will be projected presentations, children's craft activities, displays and free refreshments in the Family Room of the inn.

Some staff from the School of Astronomy, Univ. of Leeds will also be present. Adults and accompanied children are welcome to drop in at any time during the event.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street, Swinton, S64 8AU

21 January, 7.45pm to 10pm

The Planet Venus

Our Society member Roy Gunson will guide us on a wander through our knowledge of our nearest planetary neighbour. From the first beginnings of astronomy to the present day spacecraft visits.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.


Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.


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BRADFORD ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY and KEIGHLEY ASTRONOMICAL

Glen House Pub, Prod Lane, Baildon, BD17 5BN

23 January, 5:30pm onwards

Introduction to Astronomy

There will be a static telescope display to demonstrate how to use a telescope and give
advice followed by observing in the evening (weather permitting).

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street, Swinton, S64 8AU

28 January, 7:45pm to 10pm

Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society Annual Astro Imaging Competition.

Join us this evening to view this year’s entries in our annual Astro Imaging Competition.

The standard improves every year so this year's will be no different with new members setting new heights of excellence.


A question and answer session will follow the completion.

Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street, Swinton, S64 8AU

29 January, 7:45pm to 10pm

The Astronomical works of Robert Hooke

Tonight’s guest speaker is Dr Allen Chapman of the University of Oxford.
The subject of his presentation is Robert Hooke a great scientist, architect and astronomer. Dr Chapman will mainly cover his work in Astronomy.


A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club, 4 Station Street, Swinton, S64 8AU


4 February, 7.45pm - 10pm

A Beginners guide to Astro Photography

Our guest speaker tonight is Steve Bowden who will present a Beginners guide to Astro Photography. He will also chat about aurora activity and a basic introduction to some of the software packages used to capture and process the images. Depending on feedback he will further expand either of these topics on the night.
A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street. Swinton. S64 8AU

11 February, 7.45pm – 10pm
Observatories of the United Kingdom

Tonight our Society member Steve Taylor will present “Astronomical Observatories of the United Kingdom” From The Royal Observatory, Greenwich commissioned in 1675 through to the modern day. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.


Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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MEXBOROUGH & SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street. Swinton. S64 8AU

18 February, 7.45pm – 10pm

Globular Clusters

Tonight’s guest speaker Prof. Nate's Bastian of Liverpool John Moores University will present Globular Clusters; his talk will concentrate on two of the largest surprises in the Globular Cluster field in the last 10-20 years.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society & The Friends of Clifton Park

The Walled Garden, Clifton Park, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Rotherham S65 2AA

20 February, 18:00 to 20:30
Planets in the Park V

Join us for our annual event in the Walled Garden of Clifton Park.

Assisted by The Friends of Clifton Park we will have telescopes for you to view the night sky.
Astronomical Presentations and Displays.
Bring your own telescope if you wish. If you have problems, we will try to sort them.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.


Free Entry.


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Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society

Swinton Bottom Club. 4 Station Street. Swinton. S64 8AU

25 February, 19:45 to 22:00

The Spring Sky
This evening our Observations Officer Andrew Kirton-Vaughan will guide us through the observing opportunities of the Spring Sky.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Disabled access is limited as our clubroom is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.

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NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE AS

Keele Observatory Newcastle, Staffordshire ST5 5NL

14 January, 7pm
NSAS Stargazing Live 2016. North Staffordshire AS are teaming up with Keele Observatory to bring stargazing to the masses.

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THE KEELE UNIVERSITY OBSERVATORY

Keele Observatory on the Keele University campus, ST5 5BG

14 January, midday-1pm and 7pm-10pm
Stargazing Live 2016 extravaganza: Keele Observatory again opens its doors to the public, who may view the Sun (lunchtime) or stars, nebulae and planets and (on Thursday) the Moon in the evening using its large telescopes. Professional astronomers will talk with you about anything astronomical, and observatory staff will advise on telescopes to buy and how to use them.

You can learn how to find the International Space Station. The award-winning Stardome will offer shows in the evenings.

Activities are suitable for children and adults alike as well as the disabled. Free admission, no booking required, free and ample parking in the evenings.

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The Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society

Henley Golf and Country Club, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. B95 5QA

15, 16, 17 January, 6.30pm to 10.00pm

As in previous years we will be running a free public "Star Party". This will include a range of interesting activities for people of all ages, each evening from from 6:30pm to around 10:00pm.

This will be an opportunity for you, your friends, children, to see planets, moons and galaxies as well as to learn about astronomy and telescopes.

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THINKTANK, BIRMINGHAM SCIENCE MUSEUM

Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7XG

Every Saturday and Sunday until Sun 27 March, 2pm.

Space Buggies:

Join the space crew engineering team to design and build a space buggy to send to the Moon.

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THINKTANK, BIRMINGHAM SCIENCE MUSEUM

Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7XG

February half term, 15 to 19 February, 1pm Mon-Fri

Destination Space Live Science Show:

Explore what life is like for the entire space crew in our Destination Space family show celebrating astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station.

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CHESTERFIELD ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Chesterfield Observatory, Hastings Close, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 8RH

15 January, 7pm
Members of the public are very welcome to join us for an evening of talks and stargazing. We'll be starting the evening at 7pm and the first talk will be at 7.15pm aimed at a younger audience entitled 'A Journey Through Our Solar System'.

We'll also make sure you get to use our telescopes and we'll introduce you to our magnificent main telescope, which is the ninth largest amateur telescope in the UK.

All we ask is a small entrance fee of £3 per person to help maintain this wonderful if hidden jewel in Chesterfield's crown.

Younger people are very welcome but all under-16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like further information about the evening, please call us on 0751 751 0083 or use the enquiry form on this website.

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ASTRONOMY FOR FUN

Braunston Village Hall, Braunston, Northamptonshire NN11 7HW

16 January, 7pm - 9pm

A free evening of activities including telescopes to look through, question and answers, International Space Station times and observing information.

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LINCOLN ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION

23 Westcliffe Street, Off Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3TZ

15 & 16 January, 6.30pm to 9pm
Stargazing Live event: Visit inside an astronomical observatory and look through a large telescope. Other telescopes will also be pointing at the night sky; a presentation will be running inside the lecture hall.

If you have a telescope and are having problems with it, come and talk to us. If you want to buy a telescope, again, come and talk to us. If it is cloudy we will still be open.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a torch. Steps to the observatory limit disabled access. Entry is free but donations are welcome. There is no need to book, just come along.

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THE MALCOLM PARRY OBSERVATORY, LONG EATON SCHOOL

Thoresby Rd, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 3NP

20 January, 6pm to 9pm
The event is free to attend and will feature the following: Keynote speaker Paul Money Fras at 7pm in the main hall. Nottingham Trent University are putting on an exhibition of telescopes and experiments. Various local Astronomy groups and societies are displaying telescopes and other artefacts and if the weather is clear will be set up outside too so that people can do some stargazing.

There will also be hands-on science experiments, astronaut training and displays of GSCE astronomy students projects. Cool Science will be doing some whizz bang experiments too with liquid nitrogen and helium. Astrosphere, a mobile inflatable planetarium, will be taking visitors on a tour of our Solar System no matter what the weather. Finally there will be tours of the school's very own £4m purpose-built permanent observatory with chance to observe the Moon through one of the automated telescopes if the clouds allow.

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE – INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY

Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

Every Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm during the winter season
An astronomer from the Institute will present a half-hour public talk, starting promptly at 7.15pm. This is followed by an opportunity to look through the historical Northumberland and Thorrowgood telescopes if and only if the weather is clear.

Members of the Cambridge Astronomical Association also set up modern telescopes on the observatory lawns, with video projection facility and expert commentary.

We can't always guarantee observing, of course, as it is very weather-dependent. However, the talk will always take place, and on a cloudy evening will be followed by a tea break and some short entertainment from the CAA.

Entrance is free, and there is no need to book unless you are a group of over 15 people.

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LUTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, nr Luton LU2 8DD

14 January, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (last admission 8.15pm)
LAS Observatory Winter Skies Public Open Evenings: Observe the winter night sky (weather permitting) including a simple introduction tour of the main stars and constellations. Use a range of LAS members’ telescopes and the telescope in the LAS Observatory to view some of the star clusters, nebulae and double stars and also Comet Catalina, visible telescopically, low in the north.

Warm clothing and stout footwear recommended and children must be accompanied by an adult. The observing site is a 5-minute walk through the grounds and unfortunately access to this site is not suitable for wheelchair / pushchair use. The event is free, please use the contact form on the LAS website for all event enquiries and not via the Conference Centre.

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE – INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY

Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

16 January, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday Stargazing

The Institute of Astronomy and the Cambridge Astronomical Association are hosting a public observing evening in support of the BBC's Stargazing Live.

There will be a number of talks in the Lecture theatre throughout the evening, all suitable for a family audience.
6.30 pm - Exploring Solar Systems - Ryan MacDonald
7.15 pm - Astronomy in 3D! - Paul Fellows & Brian Lister
8pm - What we've learned about Pluto - Carolin Crawford

If the weather is clear, we shall be outside staffing telescopes outside on the Observatory lawns. If the weather is cloudy we shan't be observing, but the talks will still happen and the Hoyle building will be open.

There will be a display of different kinds of telescopes with helpful people to tell you all about them and answer your astro-queries.

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE – INSTITUTE OF ASTRONOMY

Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

20 January, 7pm to 9pm

Public Open evening at the Institute of Astronomy.

At 7.15pm there will be a talk on 'Earth: the little planet that cloud' in our lecture theatre, followed by a chance to observe on the Observatory lawns if the weather is clear.
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REEPHAM HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE & NORFOLK ASTRONOMERS

Reepham High School And College, Whitwell Road, Reetham, Norwich, NR10 4JT

12 January, 6pm to 9pm
Stargazing Live event: We'll have the observatory open, telescopes open and will attempt to track ISS as passes over, plus other stargazing activities.

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ORWELL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY – IPSWICH

Christchurch Park, Westerfield Rd, Suffolk IP4 2BX

16 January, 7pm to 9pm
Public access event. Star party in conjunction with BBC Stargazing Live. Booking not necessary. If weather unsuitable, will postpone to 13 February.

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NORTH ESSEX ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Great Notley Discovery Centre, Great Notley

16 January, 6pm to 9pm

Stargazing with North Essex Astronomical Society


Everyone is welcome to come along and look through the telescopes and learn about the night sky.

The sessions at Great Notley are open to everyone and are suitable for all ages.

The events are free of charge (a site parking fee applies). We set up in the fields near the main building, a short walk from the public car park.

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NORWICH ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Seething Observatory, Thwaite St Mary, Norfolk NR35 2EQ

15 & 16 January, 8pm
New Horizons to Pluto (part 2): In his second lecture on the subject, Dave Cook will explore New Horizon's amazing fly-by of Pluto. He will show how the amazing images and data obtained have transformed our view of the mysterious dwarf-planet and its moons, then explain the plans for the probe's future in the outer Solar System.

The Observatory facilities will be open to all visitors and, weather permitting, spectacular views of the night sky through Society and member owned telescopes can be expected.

Car parking and access to the Observatory facilities will be free. Entry to the lecture is £3 for adults, £1.50 for children. Gates open at 7pm. Although the first lecture is scheduled for 8pm, early arrival is recommended as the first lecture will begin as soon as the lecture room is full, with repeats as required.

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KING'S LYNN AND DISTRICT ASTRONOMY SOCIETY & WEST NORFOLK ASTRONOMY SOCIETY

Tottenhill Village Hall, 10 Whin Common Rd, Tottenhill, King's Lynn PE33 0RS

17 January, 2pm to 8pm
Our theme this year will be the exploration of space with several models of spacecraft and 3D models of lunar craters, a 3D model of the Moon, and a 3D model of Gale crater on Mars.

In addition we will be showing short video presentations of various space exploration topics such a Voyager, Pioneer, New Horizons and Cassini.

There will be a scale model of the Solar System with Sun and planet models all to scale.

There will also be a chance for children to make their own slides of constellations. Having looked at the resources pack and star party packs we will be making full use of them.

On the observing side we will be making available several large aperture telescopes and binoculars with our own experts to show members of the public some of the wonders of the night sky.

Children’s colouring corner will be there and there will be refreshments available.

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TORBAY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Torquay Boys Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Dr, Torquay, Devon TQ2 7EL

14 January, 7.30pm to 9.45pm (arrive from 7pm)
Monthly meeting with a focus on Moon, M42, M45, M1 and M37. £3 admission to cover costs of equipment hire and room rental only.

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NORMAN LOCKYER OBSERVATORY

Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NY

9 January, 7.15pm
The Quadrantid Meteors - a talk about meteors

16 January, 7.15pm
Hello, is anyone there? - a talk about life in the universe

Introductory talks followed by planetarium show and historic telescope tour with viewing if clear. Also watch our live radar meteor detecting station (not weather dependent).

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Wiltshire Astronomical Society and Aerolite UK

Lacock Playings Fields and Manger Barn for meteorite display and cloudy weather talks

15 January, 7pm

Public Share of the sky using telescopes and binoculars, meteorite display and talks

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FORDINGBRIDGE ASTRONOMERS

Hyde Common, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire

16 January, 6.30pm to 9pm

Free Public Observing: Wrap up warm and come along to enjoy Moon, lots of Star clusters and Galaxies, the Orion Nebula, and the Winter constellations.

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THE WELLS & MENDIP ASTRONOMERS' (WMA) EVENT, in association with SOMERSET LEVELS ASTRONOMERS (formerly SOWY)

Wells Cathedral Green, in front of the Cathedral, adjacent Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE

16 January, 6pm to 10pm
Stargazing Live at Wells: A star party where members of the public will be able to view the winter night sky and first quarter Moon through members' telescopes. There will also be indoor activities for all ages in the adjacent Wells & Mendip Museum.

The focus of the indoor activities will be manned spaceflight, with Jo Richardson's 'Space Detectives' highlighting Tim Peake's mission to the ISS. Jo, who is WMA Events Coordinator, is ESERO-UK Space Ambassador for the South West and has been running events on the mission in primary schools across the region.

There will also be a display on historic missions like Apollo and the Space Shuttle, as well as information on the New Horizons, Dawn and Rosetta missions. We will also be welcoming members of other Somerset astronomy societies; Bob Mizon MBE, Coordinator for the Campaign for Dark Skies; and showing the astrophotography work of Peter Richardson, a finalist in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition in 2014 and 2015. Refreshments will be available in the Museum.

The outdoor observations, as well as providing the 'wow!' of looking at the Moon through a telescope, will aim at helping the public to appreciate the scale of the Universe and to discover aspects of the life cycles of stars through observing Orion, Taurus and other winter constellations.

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INSTITUTE OF COSMOLOGY AND GRAVITATION, UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

14 January, 6pm to 10pm
Stargazing Live at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2016: An evening of stargazing, space activities, cosmology chat and talks, with activities taking place on board HMS Warrior 1860 and in Action Stations.

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WORTHING ASTRONOMERS

Worthing Sea Front at Junction with Grand Avenue and West Parade

15 & 16 January, 7pm until late (weather permitting)
January Stargazing: Observing the Moon and deep sky objects; a selection of telescopes for people to use and interact with to observe the cosmos. This is free event.

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EDENBRIDGE & DISTRICT ASTRONOMERS

Kent and Surrey Golf and Country Club, Crouch House Road, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5LQ

15 & 16 January
From 7pm on Friday 15th and 3pm on Saturday 16th January. On Saturday we will be looking at the Sun through solar telescopes until dusk when we will change to normal telescopes to look at the Moon, Jupiter and deep sky objects. There will be activities for the children and a raffle.

This is a free event, no booking required just turn up. Please wrap up warm. CHECK THE WEATHER before setting off. Food and drink will be available to purchase from the venue. Any questions please email edenbridgeastro@gmail.com

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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (Oxford Physics)

Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3RH

16 January, 2pm to 10pm

Stargazing Oxford 2016

Oxford Physics joins with Abingdon Astronomical Society and the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group to host an afternoon and evening exploring the Universe.

Lectures from top professionals, demonstrations, observing (weather permitting) with experienced astronomers, hands-on activities and more.

Learn more about the night sky including planets, comets, galaxies and the cosmos – the best in astronomy, suitable for everyone.

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Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group

The Methodist Rooms, Chipping Norton OX7 5LH

18 January, 7.30 for 8pm start

A fascinating illustrated talk by astronomer Owen Brazell from Abingdon Astronomical Society. Refreshments available. Suitable for everyone

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WYCOMBE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Woodrow High House, Cherry Lane, Amersham

21 & 22 January, 8pm to 10pm
Stargazing Live With Wycombe Astronomical Society: Join us for a Public Observing event and a chance to look through our 11 inch Observatory based telescope as well as a huge range of members’ scopes.

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SPACE STUDIO BANBURY

Ruskin Rd, Banbury OX16 9HY

21 January, 6pm – 8pm

Mars Curiosity

Speaker: Professor John Bridges, University of Leicester

Observing targets: Moon, Orion, Taurus, Ursa Major.

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Ashford Astronomical Society

Woodchurch Memorial Hall, Front Road, Woodchurch, Kent, TN26 3QB


29 January, 7.30PM to 10.30pm
The Drake Equation by Dave Styles and Searching for ET by Drew Wagar.

Join us this month for a double header to get 2016 off to a flying start. Dave will be giving us his talk on the Fermi Paradox which is the apparent contradiction of the high estimates of the probability of the existence of alien civilizations through the Drake Equation and the apparent lack of any evidence of such civilizations. Drew will follow that with his talk which imagines that you are not from Earth. You have never seen Earth and you are wondering if there is life out there on other planets. This will be a highly thought provoking evening we promise.

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WEST OF LONDON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7TY

15, 16, 17 January, 5pm to 7pm
Stargazing at the Lido: View the Moon, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies through telescopes provided by members of the society. Free admission to all.

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Wycombe Astro Society

Amersham

22 and 23rd January, 8pm to 10pm
Stargazing Live with Wycombe Astronomy Society - Enjoy an evening of stargazing through a selection of telescopes with members of the Wycombe Astronomy Society.

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DUMFRIES ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY & DUMFRIES MUSEUM

The Observatory, Rotchell Rd, Dumfries DG2 7SW

16 January, 7pm
Public event at the Museum

We are hosting a talk by gravity wave specialist Prof Sheila Rowan which will include various cloudy night activities as well as telescope observing if the sky is clear.

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LEISURE & CULTURE DUNDEE

Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

12 January, 7pm

The ISS and Orion

We have a special planetarium show lined up followed up by a talk on the latest news regarding the International Space Station and NASA's future Orion missions. Weather permitting we will have public telescope observing and shall be broadcasting the show live if you'd like to watch it whilst you're at the observatory.

FREE. Places are limited so booking is essential on (01382) 435967.

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HIGHLANDS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Culloden Battlefield near Inverness

14, 15, 16 January, 7pm to 10pm
Stargazing Live at Culloden: Everyone is welcome to attend our public observing sessions over three nights.

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SIGMA MORAY'S ASTRONOMY CLUB

Lhanbryde Community Centre, Robertson Road, Lhanbryde, Moray IV30 8QQ

15 January, 7pm for 7.30pm start

The public will have the opportunity to get involved in observing, talks, astronomy-related activities including 'Meet a Meteorite'. This will be our sixth such event since the Stargazing Live series started.

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LEISURE & CULTURE DUNDEE TOGETHER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

3 February, 6.30pm
Outer Space/Inner Space, A Very Fishy Tale: A new interactive exhibit has been launched to mark 80 years of stargazing at Dundee's Mills Observatory. A giant video wall has been installed at the observatory to provide an insight into research carried out at Dundee University on everything from tiny cells to outer space. Built in 1935, the facility in Balgay Park was the UK's first purpose-built public observatory.

For this event Dundee scientists bring you a very Scottish story about a unique creature that inhabits a Loch in North Scotland (no, it's not what you think!).

FREE. Places are limited so booking is essential on 01382 435 967.

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CARDIFF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY


The National Trust's Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SU

14 January, 7pm to 9pm
The Society's Observatory will be open on the night. Help and advice when purchasing a telescope. Experienced astronomers will be on hand. Tour of the night sky, weather permitting. Help for those trying to get started. Collection of telescopes available.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF

Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP

16 January, 10am to 4pm

National Museum Cardiff will be hosting a FREE fun-filled day of astronomical activities, shows and displays for all the family.

For more information on all the activites during the event please click here to visit our website.

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SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

Cardiff University

19 January, 7pm

Robotic telescopes and world domination

Las Cumbres Observatory is a single scientific instrument spread out over 18 telescopes, operating in 7, global locations. We use python at almost every part in the operation; from the image data pipeline, observation scheduling, and the main observing web portal. I’ll talk about what we use and hopefully give a live demo (we may have to sacrifice some internet kittens…).

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SWANSEA ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

22 January, 7pm to 9pm
Join members of the Swansea Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing at the Waterfront Museum. There will be an astronomical exhibition, telescopes and astronomy talks even if the weather is inclement.

23 January, 2pm
Andrew Lound will give a Dramatic Lecture entitled Britannia Sky, sponsored by the Planetary Society.

Contrary to popular belief, Britain has played a vital role in spaceflight history. Scientists, engineers, industry, academia and learned societies have all led the way in their respective fields. The withered hand of successive governments has hampered an independent or more dynamic British space programme.

In this remarkable presentation, the history of Britain in space is examined in context, with due credit being paid to those who have tried to push Britain skyward. Accompanied by historic images, movie clips and music, this will be a presentation to make one proud to be British and to wonder what it might actually be like when we sit under a Britannia sky.

If the weather is fine, members of the Swansea Astronomical Society will be demonstrating solar telescopes and an astronomical exhibition will be given.

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Astronomical Association


St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland

15 January, 7pm-9pm
Wonders of the Night Sky

Features will include:
Guided starshows in a mobile planetarium (courtesy of Armagh Planetarium),
See the school observatory and observe the night sky through the telescope
Talk to amateur astronomers
Telescope workshops

Free Admission, All Welcome


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IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION

Queen's University, Belfast

20 January, 7.30 pm
Dr Heather Cegla (QUB) - "The Search for other Earths round other Suns"

This talk, by Dr Heather Cegla, of the Astrophysics Research Centre at QUB, focuses on understanding exoplanet host stars to a level that we can disentangle activity from the star and therefore detect low-mass, long period exoplanets. The end-goal is to enable confirmation of Earth-analogues around other Sun-like stars.


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NORTHERN IRELAND AMATEUR ASTRONOMY SOCIETY (NIAAS)

Ballyclare High School, Co Antrim, N Ireland

1 February, 8pm to 10pm
February Lecture: New Horizons at Pluto. We are pleased to have long time friend of the society, Tolis Christou from Armagh Observatory, along to give us our February Lecture. This talk will be about all the new information and great images the New Horizon probe has lately gathered from Pluto.

During January
Beginner’s Observing Nights: Do you own a telescope? Can’t get it setup? Can’t find anything in the night sky? Frustrated? For the first time, the NIAAS is holding practical beginner’s observing nights. Our experts from the society will start be giving a brief introduction to the night sky. You will then be shown, one-on-one how to set up your telescope and be guided on finding some of the wonders of the night sky. Registration is essential, see website for info!

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