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National Astronomy Week 2014

07. 01. 14

UK National Astronomy Week (1-8 March 2014) is held every few years or so to promote public awareness of astronomy by celebrating remarkable astronomical events. Previous National Astronomy Weeks have marked the return of Halley’s Comet, the closest approach of Mars to Earth for 60,000 years and, most recently, the 400th anniversary of the first astronomical use of the telescope.

National Astronomy Week 2014 is planning to celebrate Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March.

All eyes will be on the skies during the week when an array of fascinating celestial objects will be gathered in the night sky. Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public.

You don’t have to invest in any equipment. All you need to do is go along to an observing event hosted by a participating society or organisation. This is by far the best way of enjoying NAW, as all the equipment is prepared for you and expert advice is at hand.

Event organisers are able to create and maintain their own event listings by registering on the National Astronomy Week site. Register your events by 30 January 2014 to be entered into a prize draw to win a telescope.

For more information and to find an event near you, click here.

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