King’s Lynn Astronomy Society opens up the secrets of the stars

Who's looking at you?   From left - Downham Market mayor, John Doyle, society secretary Alan Gosling, members April French and Dave Talbot, and MP Henry Bellingham  MLNF astonomy PB ANL-150323-165311001
Who's looking at you? From left - Downham Market mayor, John Doyle, society secretary Alan Gosling, members April French and Dave Talbot, and MP Henry Bellingham MLNF astonomy PB ANL-150323-165311001

It has been a week for gazing skywards, with the solar eclipse taking centre stage on Friday .

Refractors, reflectors, and solar telescopes, for looking at the sun, were crammed into Tottenhill village hall on Saturday when the King’s Lynn Astronomy Society held a special Stargazing Live open day, to coincide with the BBC2 programme of the same name.

Society patron, MP Henry Bellingham was there alongside Downham mayor, John Doyle, and West Norfolk’s deputy mayor, Colin Manning, and his wife Julie.

The exhibition included models of satellites and stunning photographs of the heavens, including the previous day’s eclipse of the sun, many taken by members.

“I think it is incredibly significant that this event has taken place the day after the eclipse,” said Mr Bellingham, who said that one of the mains aims of the society was to encourage the younger generation to take an interest in the night sky.

Members emphasised that stargazing was a passion not a hobby and can be done for as little as £30 for a pair of binoculars.

For the enthusiast, however, telescopes cost up to £10,000, plus another £7,000 for the observatory.

The society meets twice a month – on the second and fourth Mondays – at Tottenhill village hall and new members are always welcome.

n For your pictures of the eclipse turn to page 22