Astronomy and Stargazing Evening at Cheney

On Tuesday 19th December, we were blessed with beautiful clear skies just in time for our astronomy and stargazing evening!

Dr Lucy Oswald gave a fascinating opening talk on pulsars and black holes in the assembly hall for over 100 visitors of all ages, and this was swiftly followed by stargazing in the Lane Yard, where stunning views of the moon’s surface, the rings of Saturn, and Jupiter and its four moons were clearly visible through the telescopes.

Meanwhile in Lane, Museum Council students from Years Eight, Nine and Ten ran fourteen different activity stalls ranging from rocket launching and fortune telling to a quiz show and star trail, with almost everything you could imagine in between! As well as all this, Oscar in Year 10 played and sang a range of star-themed songs before the opening talk for visitors to enjoy,  and the sixth form enrichment committee turned L1 into a “stellarium”.

Cheney friends kindly provided star-themed refreshments for the event. We are very grateful to the History of Science Museum, who brought astronomical artefacts to see, to Lucy for the fantastic opening talk, and to all our visiting experts who brought telescopes.

Well done to the amazing work of museum council students in preparing and running exciting and enjoyable activities all evening!