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Eyes to the Skies as Redoubt Fortress Reveals Over 400 Billion Stars

18 October 2017

Stargazing returns for another dazzling winter season at the Redoubt Fortress on Saturday 28 October, this month revealing the moon’s craters at sunrise and a galaxy of 400 billion stars from our nearest neighbour Andromeda.

Stargazing at the Redoubt Fortress

 

The free monthly starlight event on the dark gun platform of the iconic Redoubt Fortress makes for ideal 360° viewing conditions, and the perfect place to spot this month’s Taurids Meteor Shower, visible to the naked eye.

Organised by Eastbourne Astronomical Society, members will be providing a glimpse through their telescopes of Uranus at its most visible in the year, and Saturn before it moves behind the sun.

Members will be guiding viewers through both the craters of a bright first quarter moon and the stars of the Andromeda Galaxy, a mind-boggling 2.5 million light years away! The moon will be particularly ideal for observing, high in the sky, with the sun rising on an area with many craters.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “This really is an out-of-this-world experience in the atmospheric, dark sky setting of the fortress. A great introduction to the wonders of space for youngsters, and an opportunity for budding astronomers to meet knowledgeable starwatchers and night sky photographers.”

Each month 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 are welcome to bring their own equipment and cameras.

Stargazing continues each month on 25 November, 20 January, 24 February and 24 March, with the February date joining in the South Downs Dark Skies Festival, which runs at various venues from 9 – 25 February.

Stargazing returns from 6 – 8pm at the Redoubt Fortress on 28 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 or to book online visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk or telephone 01323 410300.

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