‘Higher education’ at Sidmouth observatory

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 March 2014

Norman Lockyer Observatory hosted a family open day on Saturday, March 22. David Strange - observatory chairman, with shuttle enthusiast Rolf Williams. Rolf is pictured holding a heat shield tile from the Challenger shuttle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8448-13-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Norman Lockyer Observatory hosted a family open day on Saturday, March 22. David Strange - observatory chairman, with shuttle enthusiast Rolf Williams. Rolf is pictured holding a heat shield tile from the Challenger shuttle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8448-13-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

Sidmouth stargazers celebrated the solar system with a day of hands-on activities to entertain and educate on Saturday.

Norman Lockyer Observatory hosted a family open day on Saturday, March 22. Nicola Ockenden from Colyton Grammar School demonstrates a dilution experiment. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8468-13-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo OrdersNorman Lockyer Observatory hosted a family open day on Saturday, March 22. Nicola Ockenden from Colyton Grammar School demonstrates a dilution experiment. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 8468-13-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Youngsters from Colyton Grammar School and families from far and wide were treated to experiments and talks from the Norman Lockyer Observatory’s volunteers and visiting scientists.

The space hub marked National Science and Engineering Week with an historic guest – a piece of the ill-fated Challenger shuttle.

Rolf Williams used a blow torch and his bare hand to show off its incredible thermal insulation properties.

The open day also featured experiments, planetarium shows and a special space drama from Exeter University’s Afterglow Theatre.

More pictures from the event can be found in Friday’s Herald.

0 comments

More from Sidmouth Herald

Yesterday, 18:17

Latest: *50 members of public dial 999 *High winds spread flames *Woodbury Park Hotel evacuated *One firefighter taken to hospital

Read more
Yesterday, 20:39

Pictures and videos of the blaze at Woodbury Common which can be seen from miles from the scene

Read more
Yesterday, 15:24

Public urged to stay away as road is closed and smoke can be seen from miles around.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24

Sidmouth Chiefs ended their Tribute Western Counties campaign with a 16-9 Blackmore success against visiting Burnham-on-sea.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

St John’s School pupils dressed in blue and took a dip in the pool to raise money for two worthy charities on World Water Day.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:35

Seaton Cricket Club has significantly strengthened their batting with the signing of Matt Hewer from Sidmouth.

Read more
Saturday, April 22, 2017

A teacher is leading a sponsored walk from Newton Poppleford to thank a charity for its support after he suffered a heart attack.

Read more
Saturday, April 22, 2017

St George battled a dragon but the variety in The Byes this Sunday (April 23) will be altogether friendlier bunch.

Read more
Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Sidmouth College pupil is gearing up for a four-week volunteering mission in South America.

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

A woman who has worked ‘tirelessly’ for Ottery for more than a decade has been named the town’s Citizen of the Year.

Read more
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Richard White wins our photo challenge, My Pets, with his picture of his two year old cockapoo - Ruby.

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sidmouth to Beer, then-and-now: an interactive journey through time.

Read more
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Follow in the pawsteps of Mr Bunny for a chance to win a giant Easter egg.

Read more
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sidmouth photographer, Susan Clarke, wins our photo challenge - Park Life - with her shot of the River Sid flowing through The Byes.

Read more
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cranbrook then and now - an interactive look at the new town development. (Follow the link and scroll down to see our interactive maps).

Read more
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Woodbury Castle in the mist by Richard White wins our iwitness24 photo challenge, My Countryside.

Read more
Thursday, March 23, 2017

From the archives - Sidmouth Town football flashback.

Read more
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A selection of some of the beautiful photos our iwitness24 members have been sharing.

Read more
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

East Devon Dance Academy presents Triple Fantasy 2017.

Read more
Thursday, March 16, 2017

A look back at when His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited Exeter in 1979.

Read more
Thursday, March 16, 2017

From the archives: Sidmouth parish church bells being returned to the church in 1972.

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our weekly iwitness24 photo challenge winner announced. Steve Nosworthy’s blooming lovely picture wins our ‘Spring is Here’ photo challenge.

Read more
Monday, March 13, 2017

From the archives - a selection of pictures from the 1976 Wiscombe Park Hill Climb event, near Honiton.

Read more
Monday, March 6, 2017

Iwitness24 photo challenge - By the Coast - winner announced.

Read more
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A flash back to the traditional Pixie Day celebrations in Ottery St. Mary.

Read more
Monday, February 20, 2017

Iwitness24 member, Lena Welch, sent us her shots of the recent snow flurry in Devon.

Read more
Monday, February 20, 2017

Katie Williams takes first place in our iwitness24 photo competition.

Read more
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

We asked you to send in your weather photos from across East Devon. See the gallery of entries we had.

Read more
Saturday, February 4, 2017

More pictures from the recent storm.

Read more
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Readers have been sending in their pet pictures.

Read more
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Sidmouth Boxing Day swim took place on Monday, here are some pictures that readers have sent in.

Read more
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Festive cheer comes to Beer.

Read more
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Send us your Christmas jumper pictures.

Read more
Monday, November 21, 2016

Flooding from around Sidmouth captured on camera.

Read more
Monday, November 21, 2016

Here are the pictures you have been sharing with us of the flooding around East Devon.

Read more
Friday, November 11, 2016

Take our quiz and see how many differences you can spot in these two photos for a bit of Friday afternoon fun.

Read more
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

People have been sharing their tar barrel photos on Facebook.

Read more
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Remember, remember the 5th of November - but why is it so important? See how much you know about the origin of Fireworks Night here...

Read more
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Readers photos of the Exeter fire.

Read more
Friday, October 28, 2016

More pictures of the Exeter fire.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 4°C

Most read

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Streetlife


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Search for a car near you

Find planning applications


Follow us on Twitter