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WIMBLEBALL’S DARK SKIES WITH SEB JAY, AUTHOR OF EXMOOR’S DARK SKIES

On Tuesday 13 December, 6.30pm-8.00pm, join Seb Jay, author of Exmoor Dark Skies, for a talk and guided stargazing tour at Wimbleball Lake near Dulverton.

Highlights of the evening will include:

  • Seeing the December full moon through a telescope and a red supergiant on the verge of collapsing into a supernova!
  • Learning how to find Mars in the December night sky
  • Finding star clusters thousands of light years away with a telescope

The format of the evening will be dictated by the weather conditions.

CLEAR NIGHT

Participants will gather in the Activity Centre Barn for a 20-minute talk to prep them on what they are looking out for in the night sky. They will then head outside where there will be telescopes in situ overlooking the lake for people to use.

CLOUDY/WET NIGHT

Participants will gather in the Activity Centre Barn for a longer illustrated talk on what you can see from Wimbleball Lake at this time of year. There will also be an orbits activity to demonstrate why we have a full moon that night and Seb will also bring along a ‘build a constellation’ activity, plus an alien hunt!

Seb will also be signing and selling copies of his book, plus astronomy gift vouchers – ideal Christmas presents!

Refreshments will be provided by the Duck Café from 6pm in the Activity Centre.

Tickets are limited and cost only £7 for adults and £5 for children. For more information or to book call 01398 371460 or visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk/book. The event will be listed under ‘conservation event’.

PHOTO by Richard Wiltshire