Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 09-01-2012

Astronomical Society to discuss Manx night sky

by Tessa Hawley

Astronomical Society to discuss Manx night sky

TICKETS are still available for a Manx Night Sky presentation which will be given by the chairman of the Isle of Man Astronomical Society.


On January 25 Howard Parkin will discuss what local stargazers will be able to see in the Manx skies over the Isle of Man during the next 12 months. 


The event follows another successful Manx Night Sky presentation in November last year when ticket supply was unable to meet demand.


Douglas borough librarian Jan Macartney explained: "Howard Parkin's talk in November attracted record numbers to the library which meant that we couldn't accommodate everyone.


"So in a move – literally – to ensure more people can enjoy what I'm sure will be another fascinating presentation we're holding the Manx Night Sky 2012 event in the Noble's Park Pavilion community room which is a much larger venue, has easy parking outside and disabled access.


"The timing for the talk couldn't be better with BBC 2 running its Stargazing LIVE series from January 16 to 18.


"We're especially excited about this as the Stargazing Live website will be promoting local stargazing events and Howard and some of his Isle of Man Astronomical Society colleagues will be hosting a Stargazing LIVE event in Noble's Park on January 18 from 7pm to 9pm to give people an opportunity to discover a little about the wonders of the solar system and our Manx night skies."


The Manx Night Sky presentation will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 7.30pm. It should finish at 9.30pm. Tickets cost £2 and are available from the Henry Bloom Noble Library on Victoria Street in Douglas.

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