Nene Valley Astronomical Society
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BBC Stargazing LIVE

 
Stargazing LIVE was a series of programmes  broadcast on the evenings of January 3rd, 4th and 5th 2011 by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain on BBC2.  As a 'partner organisation' the Nene Valley Astronomical Society hosted a series of events to coincide with the broadcasts and
offered those in our area the chance to get involved and have a look through a telescope.
 

Our first event was held at Chelveston Village Hall on the evening of Friday 7th January.  After a presentation in the hall on the winter night sky, we retreated outside to catch some glimpses of some celestial sights which included Jupiter and the Orion Nebula.  Cloud was a little problematic, however overall the evening proved a great success.

 

Our second Stargazing LIVE event was held at Sywell Country Park on Tuesday 11th January.  Again the weather conditions were not ideal, however using the society telescopes, I was able to show 50 or so visitors a variety of objects including the Moon, Jupiter, the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula.  A group from Wrenn School in Wellingborough also joined the session, however we were clouded out permanently shortly after 9pm.

 

Our final Stargazing LIVE branded event took place at Sudborough Village Hall on a rather wet evening on Thursday 13th January.  A selection of images from the Hubble Space Telescope were featured, however the planned observing session for the second half of the meeting could not unfortunately go ahead.

 

In all, the events proved a great success with the society significantly increasing it’s profile locally with articles in the Evening Telegraph and features on BBC Radio Northampton.

 

The Nene Valley Astronomical Society also acknowledges the assistance of the Royal Astronomical Society in running Stargazing LIVE branded events.
 
Although our activities for Stargazing LIVE are now over, the society remains committed to it's aims in offering people access to the night sky, advice and information.  We therefore plan to
continue with our 'Starnight' Evenings at both Chelveston Village Hall and Sywell Country Park.
 
  
   A Partial Solar Eclipse was one of the highlights of the celestial events which took place during
the Stargazing LIVE.  Image taken by NVAS Member Dave Eagle.