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Nightskyhunter - Intro to the Night Sky

Join us for an evening under the stars! Expert astronomer Martin McKenna (Nightskyhunter) will give a presentation on basic constellations, bright stars, planets on view, and a chance to learn how to use telescopes & binoculars for star-gazing.

  • Booking essential

The evening will begin with a presentation covering the constellations, stars and planets that are available to see in the night sky over the next month.

Learn about noctilucent clouds coming on summer nights, a recurrent nova which could flare up anytime soon for the first time in 80 years, and the upcoming aurora season with solar maximum beckoning. Martin will also discuss a potential naked eye comet appearing later this year too (which will be visible that night faintly in telescopes).

After the presentation we will then head out into the lower car-park (a known dark-sky spot) and learn how to use binoculars and telescopes to observe the night sky.

Please note this event is weather dependant - if we are unable to complete the outdoor segment of the evening, we will finish up after the presentation.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
All General£7.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 03442491895

Meeting point

Lower car park/Nissen Hut.

What to bring and wear

The evening will take place partially outdoors, so please wear weather-appropriate clothing. If you have a telescope or binoculars, feel free to bring these as we will have a limited number.

Accessibility

The event will take place on level ground, both in the Nissen Hut and in the lower car park. Accessible parking is available. If you have any questions about accessibility, please email us on belfast@nationaltrust.org.uk to discuss further.

Other

Tea/coffee will be provided.

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Event summary

on
22 Apr 2024
at
13:00 to 14:30