Stargazing at the Zoology Museum and Botanic Gardens

Final preparations for our stargazing event are underway! The event will take place on Saturday the 31st of January at the Zoology Museum from 6-8.30pm.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for clear skies as the Aberdeen Astronomical Society will be in the beautiful Botanic Gardens to let people have a closer look at the sky through their telescopes. The planet Jupiter should be visible and also comet Lovejoy. Remember to wrap up warm!

Don’t worry if it’s cloudy, there will still be plenty to do, the Zoology Museum will be open all evening. TechFest will be here with their mobile planetarium that will let you see what is behind the clouds.

ABDUA_6634Our summer intern Ellen will be back and at our object handling trolley to show you some of the remarkable meteorites we have in our collection. It will be your job to see if you can figure out what rocks come from space and which come from earth. There will be a chance to hold them; they are the oldest thing you will ever hold, one being millions of years old!

There will also be a display of scientific instruments used by astronomers from the collection, with a beautiful Gregorian telescope from 1750. The evening will be rounded off by a talk “Astronavigation – Finding our way by Sun, Moon and Starsby Dr John Reid.

We hope to see you there!

For more information visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/museums or call King’s Museum 01224 274330

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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