SPOG members Jon Gale, Garry Keenor and Kevin Morgan took part in a very successful outreach event last Wednesday with Castledown Radio. “Seeing Stars Live” took place at Wellington Academy in Tidworth, organised by Chris Steers and with a good turnout despite the intermittent cloud.
Kevin Morgan with his new Dob
Nevertheless we managed to get good views of the 1st quarter moon and Jupiter for a crowd of around 50 people. Chris and the radio team ran a very professional outside broadcast, with suitably star-themed music – although we are still trying to work out the connection between astronomy and Harlem Shake!
Garry looks on as punters get their first view of the Moon
Jon and Garry were desperate to get on the radio reluctantly interviewed, and Castledown Radio have been kind enough to let us have copies of the broadcast – click on the links below to listen if you dare!
Chris, who is only 15, got a Blue Peter badge for his efforts in running the event, and struck us as a very promising young stargazer. On the back of the event the school are now considering buying a scope for the benefit of the pupils.
Chris Steers – the new Brian Cox!
On the back of the success of this event, Castledown are now looking to run another one, perhaps to coincide with the Perseid meteors in August. I’m sure SPOG will be there in support again….
Castledown Radio is running a live outside broadcast stargazing event next Wednesday at Wellington Academy in Tidworth, and SPOG members Garry, Mark and Jon will be supporting the event and attempting to provide intelligent commentary and observing! Castledown Radio is a community station run by volunteers. The event is free and runs from 6pm to 9.30pm, so please come along and support it if you can. In the event of poor weather we will be showing scopes and giving presentations in the school, so there will be something for everyone. Alternatively if you are local to Tidworth you can listen on 104.7FM, or pick up the live stream at this link.
The school address is The Wellington Academy, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP11 9RR.
There will be an open observing session at the field behind the Red Lion pub in Lacock with the Wiltshire Astronomical Society on Friday 24th February weather permitting. Meet usually around 8pm. If the weather on Friday is doubtful and Saturday is better the date may change.
WAS will be holding an observing night on Friday at Lacock, in the field behind the Red Lion car park.
If you are new to astronomy – maybe you saw Stargazing Live or visited us at the Lacock event – please feel free to come along, there should be plenty to see, cloud or not! If you are already a SPOGGer, WAS would appreciate your assistance as they are expecting it to be very popular!