Our sixth star gazing event with Bristol Astronomical Society was one of the best we have had.
As high pressure had built over the UK, the cloud cover that had prevented us from going ahead earlier in the week disappeared giving us a relatively mild evening under stary skies.
Fiona of BAS kicked the evening off using a laser pointer to give a tour of the brightest constellations and how to move from one to the other; including how to find the north star.
We saw many delights - The Great Orion nebula (M42), The Pleiades star cluster (M45), The Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the moon, double and triple star clusters, and Mars, to name just a few.
The sight of the cratered moon produced quite a few exclamations of 'ooh!', 'ah!' and 'wow!', especially (but not only) from the younger visitors.
Another very enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Troopers Hill volunteers for coming to help carry the equipment onto the Hill and of course the BAS volunteers who brought their telescopes.
Visit www.bristolastrosoc.org.uk for other opportunities to join them and learn more about the night sky.
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