Despite the weather!

Our stargazing event at the weekend went really well, with 184 people coming along despite the snowy wet weather which meant we couldn’t see any stars!

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Aberdeen Astronomy Society

Neville Browne from the Aberdeen Astronomy Society did a talk on the night’s sky (what you would have seen had there not been so many snow clouds!) and other members of the society brought their telescopes indoors to show people how to use them.  The audience got a chance to compare these modern telescopes to the historical telescopes on display from the museum’s collections.

Object handling

Object Handling Trolley

Museum volunteers Ellen and Hannah challenged people at our object handling trolley to guess which of their rocks were ordinary and from earth, and which were meteorites from space.  Once people had guessed they got to hold some of our very special meteorites from the museum’s collections, some of which are millions of years old.

TechFest were busy all night wowing people in their mobile planetarium with what constellations people would have been able to see over Aberdeen had it been clear.

To round off the night Dr John Reid gave a wonderful talk about astronavigation, which is all about how people find their way round using the sun, moon and the stars.

The event went really well and we are hoping to do more like it! Hopefully next time we will be able to get out to the Botanic Gardens and see some real stars!

Thank you to all who took part,

Gillian

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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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