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Eyes to the Skies for a Dazzling Evening of Stargazing at the Redoubt Fortress

3 October 2018

Stargazing returns for another dazzling evening at the Redoubt Fortress on Saturday 13 October, revealing the moon’s craters, rings of Saturn and the red planet of Mars.

 

Stargazing at the Redoubt Fortress

The free starlight event on the dark gun platform of the iconic Redoubt Fortress makes for ideal 360° viewing conditions, and the perfect place to spot star constellations and planets, while moonlight is still low.

Organised by Eastbourne Astronomical Society, members will be providing a glimpse through their telescopes of Mars, which has been shining a vivid red in the night sky, in one of its brightest years since 2003.

Members will also be guiding viewers through both the craters of a waxing crescent moon and the rings of Saturn, before it disappears from view. The moon will be particularly ideal for observing, with just 20% illumination, the features of its surface become more visible and clearly defined.

The evening features an astronomer’s talk about planets, stars and galaxies, along with a free pocket observing guide for visitors to help navigate the constellations in the night sky. Telescopes are provided, but keen astronomers and photographers are welcome to bring their own equipment and find their own spot from which to observe.

Stargazing returns from 7 – 9pm at the Redoubt Fortress on 13 October and entry is free.

In the event of poor weather, Eastbourne Astronomical Society will hold a fascinating talk inside the fortress on what to expect in the night sky this month. The Outpost café will be open for hot drinks and stargazers are advised to wrap up warm.

For more information visit www.HeritageEastbourne.co.uk or telephone 01323 410300.

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