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!
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.
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,