Close encounter at Sidmouth observatory

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 April 2013

Jed Ionov-Flint aged 8 at the Norman Lockyer Observatory family day. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 9906-13-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Jed Ionov-Flint aged 8 at the Norman Lockyer Observatory family day. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 9906-13-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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More than 200 youngsters and parents had a close encounter with space when they made the trip up to Sidmouth’s observatory on Saturday.

The Norman Lockyer centre hosted a family day to mark National Science and Education Week, with a spectrum of attractions under the theme ‘invention and discovery’.

Visitors faced the poor weather and were treated to hands-on experiments and talks from resident experts and Colyton Grammar School pupils.

They learned of how Sir Norman was a humble amateur who discovered helium, and how Galileo found Jupiter, before the younger audience heard tales and mysteries of the sun and moon.

The observatory had a chance to show off its latest observations, and guests could tour the various domes, including the newly built Connaught Dome.

Chairman David Strange said: “The successful day added some brightness to the otherwise cold and gloomy March weather.”


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