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Peek at the Birth of New Stars from the Redoubt Fortress

10 January 2018

Free stargazing returns to the Redoubt Fortress on Saturday 20 January as the popular astronomical evening this month focusses on the birth of new stars in the Orion Nebula.


Night Sky at Redoubt Fortress By Mark JarvisOver 1,200 light years away, January is a great time to view the stellar nursery of the Orion Nebula, a colourful gas cloud which features just below Orion’s belt.

With the Seven Sisters also clearly on display and the red star of Aldebaran marking out the eye of Taurus, stargazers are in for a galactic treat from the dark sky platforms of the historic fortress.

Run by Eastbourne Astronomical Society from 5 – 7pm, entry is free and stargazers can take a peek through the telescopes provided or settle down in a quiet spot with their own. A 30 minute talk on what to see in the skies this January is also provided from 5pm, along with a free pocket guide to the night sky.

All stargazing events are free and children are very welcome. The Outpost café will be open for hot drinks and stargazers should wrap up warm. Stargazing also returns to the fortress for the South Downs Dark Skies Festival on 24 February and for a final winter astronomical showing on 24 March.

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