Star Party & Lunar Breakfast
Astronomers from across the region will gather at Truro High School for Girls next Sunday night to witness the lunar eclipse.
The amazing spectacle will begin at around 2am on Monday 28 September when the Sun, Earth and Moon align, casting the shadow of the earth across the moon creating a rare phenomenon known as the blood moon.
Leading a full night of activities will be the Director of the Roseland Observatory, Mr Brian Sheen, who teaches astronomy as a GCSE subject at the school. He said: “I am really looking forward to something amazing. We have not had a total lunar eclipse for a long while and it will be ages before we get another. The colour of the eclipsed Moon is always a real treat.”
Astronomy enthusiasts from schools around the county are welcome at the event along with pupils of Truro High itself. The eclipse lasts until around 5.30am and there will be a full programme of events to keep star-watchers entertained including pinning lunar landers on a map of the moon and talks about the spectacle itself.
“We can promise a busy night for anyone keen to stay up and watch the eclipse. It is a rare event and also gives us one of the best possible opportunities to observe the stars as well. The observatory will be setting up a full range of telescopes at the school and the data we collect will be shared in real time with a science university in Nigeria.”
Head of Science, Mr Jon Dean
Those wishing to attend must be accompanied by an adult and should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest.
Tickets for the event cost £5 per person to include a pasty, hot drinks throughout the night and a continental breakfast.