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Western Lawns Hosts Stellar Attraction this Winter

14 November 2018

Eastbourne’s free monthly stargazing evenings are on the move to a stellar new location at the seafront Western Lawns, starting this Saturday 17 November.

Western Lawns Hosts StargazingWhile restoration works take place at its usual home of the Redoubt Fortress this winter, keen astronomers can still enjoy some telescope time on the lawns with Eastbourne Astronomical Society at the free monthly star showing.

Starting this Saturday, members of the society will be on hand after sunset from 5 – 7pm with telescopes for guided viewings of Mars, Saturn and our nearest neighbour, the Moon.

Timed each month to coincide with the Moon’s first quarter phase, the low lunar light provides the best viewing conditions for spotting its deep craters and stunning mountain ranges.

Star gazers will also be able to look out for some of the brighter deep sky objects each month featuring star clusters such as the Seven Sisters, the gaseous nebulae of Orion and galaxies up to 2.5 million light years away!

Stargazing also returns from 5 – 7pm on 15 December and 12 January, 6 – 8pm on 9 February and 7 – 9pm on 16 March at the Western Lawns.

The next display in December will feature another viewing of the Moon’s craters and Mars, along with the possibility of viewing one of the brightest comets in the last few years, as it makes its closest approach to Earth.

Throughout each event, star gazers are welcome to take a peek through the telescopes provided or settle down in a quiet spot with their own. After some stellar star spotting, visitors can warm up at the Lansdowne Hotel with 20% off all food and drink on all Stargazing evenings.

All Stargazing events are free and children are very welcome. Stargazers should wrap up warm.

For more information visit www.VisitEastbourne.com/events or telephone 01323 410300.

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