The scheduled open evening on Saturday 3rd March has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
The observatory is at the top of a steep hill on a country road and there is likely to be significant snow or ice, making conditions for visitors and members hazardous.
This year’s awards evening saw many astroscouts, observers and imagers getting awards for their work during 2017.
Continue reading Awards Evening 2017
Please note that this has been cancelled due to lack of participants
The programme of activities for our open day on 15th October, as part of the Sidmouth Science Festival, is now available.
Continue reading Sidmouth Science Festival 2017
The official launching of our restored 19th Century Orrery was featured in the Sidmouth Herald. The launch was conducted by Allan Chapman FRAS with some of the volunteers who worked hard on the restoration.
British Science Week: Family Day at the NLO
Saturday 18th March 11:00am-5.00pm. Theme: “Our Changing Universe”
Talks in the Lecture Theatre:
11:30h – 12:00h “Changes in our Understanding” – Kate Kay (NLO)
Looking at how our knowledge of space has changed in the last 200 years and what helped those changes.
14:00h – 14:45h “On Board the ISS” – Jo Richardson (Space Detectives)
Talk on what it’s like to live aboard the Space Station and get to use a VR headset and take a virtual tour of the ISS.
11:15 – 11:45h Discovering the Sky
12:15 – 12:45h What’s in the Sky Tonight?
13:00 – 13:30h Stories Under the Stars with Mike O’Leary
14:15 – 14:45h Springtime Stars
15:00 – 15:30h More Stories Under the Stars with Mike O’Leary
15:45 -16:15h Myths & Legends of the Stars
Plus: Hands-on-Science experiments with Colyton Grammar School – Historic Telescope Tours – Live Radar Meteor Detecting – Magnetometers and Space Weather Displays – Drones/Quadcopters – Solar Telescope (if sunny) – 3D printing demonstration and Laser engraving – Refreshments by LoveCake Catering.
Here is the poster for our Family Day event on the 18th March.
We will be having a series of talks, Planetarium shows, hand-on science experiments and much more.
Continue reading Family Day 2017 Poster
“Space Weather Woman” – Dr Tamitha Skov is to visit the NLO on January 13th 2017 at 4.30pm. She has very kindly agreed to give a short talk about Space Weather and meet space weather enthusiasts. All welcome.
Continue reading Space Weather talk on 13th January
The list of public openings and astronomy courses for 2017 has been published.
There is no need to book for the open events, but please do book in advance for the courses