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Astronomy Event @ Erewash museum 12/11/16


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On saturday the 12th of November, in conjuction with Erewash Museum, we will be holding a free Astronomy Event. Open to the public and free to enter. So please feel free to come and join us for a night under the stars at Erewash museum. We will have members telescopes set up to look through as well as displays to look at. Gates open at 7pm. Hope to see you all there.

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Astronomy Open Evening:  Saturday November 12th 2016  (Erewash Museum) - UPDATE

As previously mentioned, IDAS puts on its annual Astronomy Evening at Erewash Museum this coming Saturday.  We’ll have telescopes, a display and hopefully one or two presentations.  As usual, we are calling on IDAS members for help to make this event a success. 


The event takes place between 7pm and 9pm, while members will be able to set up from 4:30pm.  It’s been confirmed that we’ll  have access to the Hayloft, Lally Gallery, and the grounds (well those parts that have not been cordoned off!).  The Museum café will also be open, so I think we can expect a fairly big crowd to come along to this free event.  Obviously, telescope viewing is going to be weather dependant, so if the weather is unsuitable we’ll be setting up the telescopes as a static display.


I have been told that Pete Wearn of Cool Science will be in attendance, showing off all his cool science stuff in the Stanton Gallery - always worth a look.


This is a free event, so if any of you are in the area, then why not come along to look through a telescope, or take a look at our Member's photographs, or have a gander at Pete Wearn's cool science stuff.





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A big thank you to everyone that attended and helped out at saturdays event. The cloud didn't break, but we were still able to get some nice views of the moon. Despite the cloud we had over 200 visitors braving the weather to look at the displays,  the telescopes and "cool science". A very successful event. I'm always amazed by the great question the kids have. 

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Astronomy Open Evening:  Saturday November 12th 2016 - Report

As mentioned previously, IDAS put on its annual Astronomy Evening at Erewash Museum on Saturday November 12th, and what a great success is was! 


We had a couple of telescopes set up in the Museum grounds, with the intention of showing off some of the celestial gems of the autumn sky.   In reality though it was cloudy, but at least it didn’t rain and many people did actually get a glimpse of the almost full “Supermoon” in the latter stages of the event.


In the Lally Gallery we had our comprehensive display of member’s photographs and drawings on show.  In the Hayloft we had two automatic power-point presentations taking place, along with another two telescopes on show as static exhibits.  Meanwhile, Pete Wearn of Cool Science was set-up in the Stanton Gallery giving the kids a “wow” with a lot of bangs and other weird science stuff going on.


For the first time for an astronomy evening, the museum café was opened up, and this proved to be very popular with visitors.


In total, nearly 200 people came along to the event, and at times the queues for the telescopes got quite long.  While the attendance was really great, we could have done with a few more members coming along to help out.  At times members were pretty much up to their ears with the crowds.  If the Society is to put on similar events in future, we really need more IDAS members to come along to help out, and be more pro-active.


This year (for the first time ever) the Society put out some donation buckets, and the good news is that IDAS collected nearly £43 in donations.  This will certainly help fund our meetings at the Hayloft.


Finally, a big thank you to all the members who came along to help out on the night.  Even though the weather didn’t play ball, overall the event was probably one of the best we’ve held.  I’m sure another event in November 2017 could well be on the cards.


That’s it for now.

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