Stars and Specula

Friday 3 March, 6-7.30pm

Join us for a free evening of stargazing with an 1840 speculum-metal reflecting telescope, a modern telescope, and replica Galilean telescopes.

  • See the crescent Moon and Venus through the historic reflector telescope and compare it with the views through the modern telescope (both telescopes provided by Hanwell Community Observatory).
  • Try and find the stars through the Galilean replica telescopes in the Museum’s handling collection. These replica telescopes are based on the model that Galileo used 400 years ago to identify the moons of Jupiter.

This event is being held with Hanwell Community Observatory and is taking place in the Sheldonian Court yard next to the Museum.

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This event is drop-in and there is no need to register. Stars and Specula is also weather dependent, and in the case of cloud cover or rain the Museum will be providing a small number of activities inside.