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STAR WATCH NIGHT AT THE BLOCKHOUSE
Tuesday 10th January 2012

The National Parks Environment Unit cordially invites you to a star watch evening at the Blockhouse, Shirley Heights on Saturday, January 14th starting from Dusk until at least the Moon is up.   Weather permitting, we will be able to see three of our sister planets; Venus, Jupiter and, later in the evening, Mars. Favourite constellations that will also be visible include Orion – the Hunter, with his belt and sword, Gemini – the Twins, with stars Castor and Pollux, Canis Major (The Big Dog – always at the Hunter’s feet!) with the brightest star of all - Sirius,  and Taurus – The Bull, and lots more.

Novices are welcome, as there will be guides to point out the interesting features that can be seen. Also, we hope to have several telescopes which will mean that you may be able to look at the 4 big moons of planet Jupiter and the nebula in Orion’s belt. There are lots more things we may see, such as the occasional meteorite (Shooting Star), earth orbiting satellites and maybe even the International Space Station.

All of this is free so come and join us and stay as long as you like!!!

If you have good binoculars bring them, as they can reveal much more than the naked eye. Bring warm clothes, as it is usually quite windy up on the Blockhouse Headland, something to lie on so you are comfortable watching the sky overhead for long periods, and a snack and/or drink.  There will probably be dew on the grass, so bear that in mind with respect to shoes and clothes.  If rain showers are likely, some protection from that would be wise!

Children are welcome, but young children must be firmly under the control of their parents as we don’t want any accidents or persons getting lost, etc. Please bring other family members and friends too.

In the event of inclement weather, please call Dr Cooper at the Environment Unit (481-5034) or at 788-7586 on the evening in the event of cancellation or postponement.


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