The Knowledge Observatory organises a variety of fun astronomy-themed events to raise funds and generate interest in our educational projects.
North West Astronomy Festival June 2015
Our third North West Astronomy Festival was held on the 27th and 28th June 2015 at The Heath Business Park Runcorn. This was a change of timing from our first 2 events held in previous years in October and provided the opportunity to include solar observing and outside activities. Despite a shortened preparation time we all agree that the summer dates offer so much more and so we will be continuing with this slot in the astronomy calendar for future years.
North West Astronomy Festival October 2014The North West Astronomy Festival took place on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of October 2014 at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn. This, our second festival event, with added surprises, surpassed our expectations and was a great success!
Perseides Meteor Shower Camp
The Knowledge Observatory Perseides Meteor Shower Camp ran from Friday 8th of August to Sunday 10th of August 2014 at the Station Campsite, Carrog in Wales. We had a great weekend of astronomy activities, talks and stargazing, in perfect timing for the August meteor shower.
Sy Liebergot on Friday 27th June 2014
Apollo 13 was to be the third Lunar landing until an explosion in an oxygen tank crippled the spacecraft, leaving the three man crew in grave danger 200,000 miles from Earth. In his lecture, Sy will talk about his key role in the Apollo 13 crisis, how he made the call that ended the mission to land on the Moon and how, as part of the Mission control team, returned the crew safely back to Earth.
Sy Liebergot talked about what it was like to be a Flight Controller in Mission Control when a catastrophic failure occurred during the Apollo 13 mission and landed squarely in his lap. The presentation was followed by Questions and Answers and then from 8.00 pm until 9.30 pm ther was a social gathering where people had a drink, collected their signed book and had their photograph taken with Sy.
National Astronomy Week event on Saturday 8th March 2014
We invited everyone to join us and our special guest Jupiter and her moons for our Astronomy Week event Our interactive day of learning, experience and exploration of astronomy, was perfect for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs, families and those who would just like to know a little bit more. Enjoy Telescope surgery, an Astro-photography workshop, Stargazing discussion forums ,family activities and weather permitting, an evening of stargazing with expert guidance.
Our BBC Stargazing LIVE event January 2014
The tremendous interest and excitement shown by the children and adults alike made it a very rewarding weekend. We lost count of the number of people who exclaimed that they had ‘bought a telescope recently or had one in the loft but had no idea how to use it’ or ‘I have always wanted to know what to look for, I would love to learn more’. All those that we spoke to expressed delight in having the opportunity to learn and to experience observing the sky with help from astronomers.
North West Astronomy Festival October 2013The Festival was an exciting two day event dedicated to the stars, the planets and the universe. Held over the weekend of October 26th and 27th the event provided a hugely varied programme of activities and presentations and welcomed hundreds of visitors from around the UK.