Visit the South West Astronomy Fair

The annual South West Astronomy Fair returns to Sidmouth next weekend. This year’s celebration and exhibition of astronomy will take place at the Norman Lockyer Observatory on Saturday 12th August from 9.30am until 5.30pm.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to visit the historic observatory and learn about all things “Space”. If you’re staying in Sidmouth why not pop along for the day?

Situated on Salcombe Hill, on the outskirts of Sidmouth the Norman Lockyer Observatory is a short drive or bus ride from our hotel. The free Sidmouth Hopper bus stops right outside the observatory.

Throughout the day you’ll have the opportunity to see a siderostat in operation; view displays by Norman Lockyer Observatory interest groups including the Observers, Imagers, and AstroScouts; listen to historic telescope talks, and learn about the stars in a planetarium show.

Top names in the world of astronomy will be giving presentations on “the Chelyabinsk Meteor”, “Dark Energy”, “Spectroscopy, and “Ambassadors from Earth – Celebrating the Voyager Missions”.

Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or just keen to learn something new, there’s plenty for everyone of all interests and experiences to enjoy.

Tickets are on sale until 5th August. To find out more and book your tickets, visit the South West Astronomy Fair website.

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