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Stargazing sessions in Cushendun and Ballintoy

Stargazing sessions in Cushendun and Ballintoy

Thu, March 16, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the night sky?

Causeway Coast and Glens Museum Service is holding two stargazing events in the coming weeks where you will have the opportunity to learn all about constellations, stars and planets.

It’s part of the ‘Comet Man’ project, funded by the Royal Society. 

The events will highlight the life and work of Cushendun born astronomer Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin (1865-1939), who is perhaps best known for predicting the return of Halley’s Comet in 1910, which earned him the nickname ‘The Comet Man’.

His contribution to astronomy is significant, with a total of four astronomic objects named after him including a crater on the moon.

The first stargazing event takes place on Friday 31st March at Glenmona House in Cushendun. Beginning at 7:45pm, the evening will include a short presentation by Dr Nicholas Wright. This will be followed by an observation session until 10.30pm.

The second event takes place on Friday 7th May at Ballintoy Harbour from 8:15pm until 10.30pm.

The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society will provide telescopes and guidance during the stargazing sessions.

Participants are advised to wear appropiate clothing and footwear.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

Admission is free however booking is essential as places are limited.  To book please contact 028 2766 0230 or email : Ballymoneyvic@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

 

Cushendun born astronomer Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin