Sunny Day at observatory a hit

PUBLISHED: 18:16 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 18 June 2010

FUN and sun was had by all at the Norman Lockyer Observatory last weekend. Around 150 people turned up to the Sunny Day celebration marking the 140th anniversary of the discovery of helium on Saturday. The event featured a balloon race, planetarium show

FUN and sun was had by all at the Norman Lockyer Observatory last weekend.

Around 150 people turned up to the 'Sunny Day' celebration marking the 140th anniversary of the discovery of helium on Saturday.

The event featured a balloon race, planetarium shows and telescope tours and plenty of other things to entertain both young and old.

Eminent astronomers such as Professor Douglas Gough, of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, and Dr Francisco Diego from University College of London attended the event as well as Peter Meadows from the British Astronomical Association.

Astrophotographer Peter Lawrence from BBC's Sky at Night also took part in the activities and took a magnificent photo of a solar prominence.

Observatory chairman, David Strange, said: "It did start off sunny so we did have some sun on our 'sunny day'.

"We didn't know how many people to expect as this was a one-off but we were happy with the turnout.

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