The children and community from Broadclyst and Westclyst Primary Schools had an excellent time at our astronomy evening on the 4th February. This has been an increasingly regular event over recent years and thanks to a relatively clear night, was our best stargazing opportunity to date.
One highlight of the evening was the opportunity to visit the space dome. Children were able to sit inside this planetarium and learn all about the universe in which they live, including planets, distant stars and some of our exploration of the new frontier.
We were also joined by Dartmoor Skies – a local charity who work with community groups to enable access to telescopes on evenings like ours and inspire people in science and astronomy. They brought along their amazing new telescope and astro binoculars – the clarity of the surface of the moon was amazing and they were able to explain why the Moon looks like it does.
It was brilliant to make use of our school facilities too – including the delicious hot dogs and soup from our café; and making use of the school telescope which the children and adults had a great time looking through and finding stars with.
We are looking forward to running another event soon, but in the meantime make sure your parents learn to use our school telescope by getting in touch with Mr Kimber for some training so that you can see the stars whenever you like.