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Stellar Christmas Line Up for December Stargazing & Fortress Film Show

23 November 2016

Stargazers are in for a twinkling festive treat next week as the Redoubt’s free stargazing event returns with a screening of Disney family animation WALL-E and a topical talk on the origins of the Christmas Star.

Disney Pixar's Wall-E

 

Stargazers are in for a twinkling festive treat next week as the Redoubt’s free stargazing event returns with a screening of Disney family animation WALL-E and a topical talk on the origins of the Christmas Star.

On Saturday 3 December, the free monthly starlight display on the gun platform of the iconic fortress will see Eastbourne Astronomical Society guiding viewers through both the craters of a bright crescent moon and the stars of the Andromeda Galaxy, over two million light years away!

As a galactic prelude in the afternoon, families can also enjoy the first in a series of ticketed sci-fi movie treats as stellar Disney Pixar animation WALL-E is screened, after a short talk about the astronomical origins of the Christmas Star. Tickets cost £6 per adult and £3 per child to include the film and talk.

There are many theories behind the Star of Bethlehem, from meteors to converging planets and this is the ideal opportunity to discover more.

Eastbourne Borough Council Director of Tourism & Enterprise, Phil Evans said “Our stargazing evenings really are out-of-this-world, so we are delighted to add another dimension with these special sci-fi film screenings in the atmospheric setting of the fortress. We have many more to come, but after seeing a growing number of families at the fortress marvelling at the magic of the night sky, this month we thought we’d kick things off with a festive family treat”.

Featuring a loveable robot stranded on Earth, ‘WALL-E’ proved a big hit with children when it was released in 2008, winning both an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. The first Disney Pixar animation to feature segments with live-action characters, the futuristic film tells the story of a lonely robot who befriends a probe sent down to test for life on earth, and his journey with her back into space.

Following the screening from 5pm, stargazers can discover many more galaxies for themselves through the telescopes of Eastbourne Astronomical Society, beginning with Venus, the brightest star in the sky and the craters of a young crescent moon, particularly bright on this day due to the angle of the sun.

Later in the evening, viewers can spot the Orion Nebular and stars in the Andromeda Galaxy, the furthest object in the night sky visible to the naked eye, showing light from a mind-boggling two million years ago.

Doors open 2.30pm for drinks, popcorn and mince pies in the vintage café, followed by a short talk on the Christmas Star and WALL-E screening from 3pm. Tickets cost £6 adults and £3 children.

A free stargazing event follows from 5 to 8pm and stargazers should wrap up warm. In the event of bad weather, Eastbourne Astronomical Society will hold a fascinating talk inside the fortress on what to expect in the night sky this month. Café will close early evening.

Stargazing events take place on the first Saturday of every month until April and are free to attend. For more information or to book online visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk or telephone 01323 410300.

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