Shooting stars! A sight to behold at any time under the dark starry skies of Grassholme.
To explain, as the terminology can be confusing. A shooting star is the popular name given to a meteor, and a meteor is normally a tiny remnant of a comet, which passed though our solar system a long time ago, leaving a trail of debris in its wake. This debris is normally made up of fast moving, tiny (salt grain sized) pieces of comet, which hits our atmosphere at speeds approaching, in some cases, 58km per second. When these particles of comet hit our atmosphere, they heat up their surroundings and evaporate in a flash of light, and the flash that we see is what we call a shooting star!
The Orionids meteor shower is regarded as a good shower, with potentially as many as 20 meteors each hour visible from good dark skies on moonless nights. This year, we have the moon setting early, which should give us good conditions.
As well as the shooting stars, you will be able to use our high tech instruments, computers and cameras, to make your night unforgettable - including talks in the classroom and tours of the facility. To the backdrop of birds on the lake...it's magical!
Book now for a socially distanced night of astronomy, shooting stars and space facts. We have limited spaces, to guarantee a special and intimate night - so book early!
Get wrapped up - it can get chilly when we are outside! During your visit we will be employing recommendations issued by our health and safety team to ensure your safety. These will mean using hand sanitisers and face masks when inside the classroom. We also operate a one way system of access and egress at the facility, we thank you in advance for your compliance in keeping us all safe - This is a pet free event, so please don't bring any furry friends!
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£22.00 per ticket type|
|Concession||£17.00 per ticket type|
Concession - 16 yrs and under, over 65s and Blue Badge Holders
|Orionids Meteor Shower (21 Oct 2020)|