LISTEN: Sunderland Astronomical Society launches two-night astronomy event

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Picture by: Lensi Photography / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images.

The Sunderland Astronomical Society has launched a two-night astronomy event in support of BBC Two’s Stargazing Live shows.

The society’s own Stargazing Live event runs today  (January 15) and tomorrow (January 16), from 6.30pm at the Cygnus Observatory at the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre.

The Stargazing Live shows were shown between January 12 and January 14.

Visitors will be able to use telescopes to view different planets, galaxies, star clusters, plus many other wonders of the night sky, and everyone attending the event is also advised to bring suitable clothing.

People will also be able to join local astronomers from across the North East to view videos, presentations, demonstrations and participate in workshops with a Q&A and astronomy quizzes.

The event is suitable for all ages and is free to attend but contributions to the society’s fundraising is welcomed.

A new “all access” telescope is available to wheelchair users and young children.

Parking is limited for the event. Once the car parks are full there will be no further admission to the event.

SR News’ Sophie Dishman spoke to Paul, a member of the Sunderland Astronomical Society, you can listen to the interview below.

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