Perseides Meteor Shower Camp
The Knowledge Observatory Perseides Meteor Shower Camp runs from Friday 8th of August to Sunday 10th of August 2014 at the Station Campsite, Carrog in Wales. Come and join us for a weekend of astronomy activities, talks and stargazing, in perfect timing for the August meteor shower.
Station campsite http://www.stationcampsite.com/ is just seven miles from Llangollen, and is adjacent to the restored Carrog Steam Railway Station, close to the beautiful River Dee and a short walk to the famous Grouse pub. Offering spectacular dark skies and a large rally field, it is the perfect venue for our summer camp.
We have arranged to be at the furthest end of the rally field to ensure a dark site and so will not have electric hook up for any vans or tents. We will have a small generator for powering scopes, recharging phones, laptops etc and will have a kettle of hot water available at all times for teas and coffee. There are portaloos at the top of the rally field and showers and toilets on the small main site, a short walk from our pitch.
We will arrange 2 areas for camping 1) Quiet Zone for astro-photography and astronomers without children and 2) Family Zone for those with children and/or barking dogs! After dark, white light will not be permitted in the observation area, so please make sure that you have red light torches/screens for all illuminations.
Please be aware that you are responsible for the behaviour of your children/dogs at ALL times. There will be lots of equipment, tripods, telescopes etc set up in the observation area and so we ask that children are only around the equipment with strict adult supervision. There will be areas where children and dogs can run free!
On Saturday evening we will set up a barbeque and provide salads, bread etc. Please bring your own meat, veggie options and drinks. There is a fantastic Welsh butcher at the top of the road and some very nice food shops in Corwen, just a couple of miles further on.
A Weekend ticket includes tent pitch from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, all activities, hot drinks, barbeque, talks and observation tuition.
You can pay through Paypal using a debit or credit card with or without being enrolled in Paypal. If you are unable to pay online please contact us for alternative methods of payment.
Please contact us directly if you have any queries or specific requirements regarding booking for the event. You are welcome to stay on beyond the weekend and can pay the campsite manager directly on the day.
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.