School holidays night at the observatory

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    THE Southland Astronomical Society is inviting the public to come out and see the stars.

    It’s hosting a school holidays night at the Southland Astronomical Society Observatory at 108 Gala St from 6pm-9pm on July 14.

    Event organiser Elizabeth King said as well as the society’s fixed 10-inch Meade telescope in the observatory, society members would bring along their telescopes of various sizes for the public to look through. The public were welcome to bring along their own telescopes as well.

    “The moon doesn’t rise between 6 and 9 that night, but people will be able to see the rings of Saturn, perhaps four of Jupiter’s moons, prominent stars such as Betelgeuse and Spica, constellations such as the Southern Cross, and star clusters such as the Jewel Box and the Butterfly Cluster.”

    Society members would be available to answer any questions the public may have, Mrs King said.

    The public should be aware the closest toilet is in Queen’s Park, and no pets are allowed at the event.

    The entry fee is a gold coin.

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