July 27th is a night of many astronomical events. Why join the nationwide Go Stargazing event and see what you can observe
Dear fellow Stargazer,
Friday 27th July 2018 is looking like it will be an awesome night for astronomy! There will be a lunar eclipse during the evening when the full moon will rise at sunset appearing deep red in colour -- a "blood moon". A little later that same evening the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will all be visible -- Mars in particular will be shining brightly due to it being "at opposition" and thus a great time to observe the red planet -- the best time since 2003! There will also be a bright visible pass of the International Space Station at 23:00pm!
The Go Stargazing team is hoping to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy these astronomical events for themselves and we hope that you might be interested in helping us to do so too! One month before on 27th June we will be starting a "Save the date!" social media campaign to raise awareness of the event, to encourage people to make plans and to promote stargazing events taking place. As the date gets closer we anticipate increased media coverage of the "blood moon" resulting in more people looking for somewhere to enjoy the spectacle of a lunar eclipse and see this as a great opportunity for outreach events.
If you would like to be involved, are already hosting an event or are planning to do so please let us know as we're very happy to promote your event as part of this campaign including listing them on our website at Go Stargazing
Thanks, and clear skies!
Wil, Neill, Richard and Rob