ICG astronomers held a successful Astronomy in the City event at Gunwharf Quays last night as part of National Science and Engineering Week. About 60 passers-by were able to spot the Moon and Jupiter through gaps in the clouds using a variety of different telescopes, with the help of Emma Beynon, Edd Edmondson, Jen Gupta, Cullan Howlett, Karen Masters, Andreas Papadoupoulos and David Wilkinson. The event was also a chance to test out the ICG’s new Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P outreach telescope.
Astronomy in the City is a free event and is scheduled to take place each night until Friday this week, 6.30-8pm at the Gunwharf Quays plaza. However the event is obviously weather-dependent and the forecast does not look good for the remaining evenings. Keep an eye on the ICG website, facebook page and twitter feed which will all be updated if the event goes ahead. Astronomy in the City is part of the University of Portsmouth’s free events programme for National Science and Engineering Week, details of which can be found on the university website at http://www.port.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/events/title,171270,en.html