Stargazing at Sudley

Woman adjusts a large telescope

The planetarium team from World Museum are taking their telescopes and binoculars to Sudley House for a very special stargazing event and they want you to join them! The event will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm on Friday 23rd March, weather permitting. 

Who is it for?

Anyone is welcome, it doesn't matter if you are something of an amateur expert in astronomy or if you've never looked through a telescope before. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and help you learn more about our night sky.

Families with children are welcome, though it is important to remember that the event will be taking place in the dark. There are some steps, and equipment will be dotted about the area, so for safety we request that children are not allowed to roam unaccompanied or run about.

What will be there?

There will be a selection of telescopes and binoculars to view the night sky. In addition staff will be on hand to do some naked eye astronomy and answer questions. There will also be a number of relevant handouts to take home and some simple craft activities for children.

Do I need to bring anything?

All the telescopes and binoculars will be outside and some will be sited on grass, we highly recommend you wear suitable footwear and of course warm clothes. You may also bring along your own binoculars or small telescope if you wish though this is not necessary.

A torch might be a good idea as it will be dark, however please do not bring very large bright torches as they can spoil your dark adaption.

Will the house be open?

There will be limited access to the house. The toilets will be available and the tearooms will be serving light snacks and drinks to eat in or bring back outside. However the rooms will not be open.

What will we be looking at?

The big players that evening will be the planets. Venus, Mars and Jupiter will all be visible. We will also be looking at selected deep sky objects such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. In addition we will be doing some naked eye astronomy, pointing out the constellations and other things we can see without using the equipment.

What if the weather is bad?

We have our fingers firmly crossed for clear skies, however if it is a little cloudy we will still be able to run the event, we should get breaks in the clouds when we can observe the planets and things.

If the cloud cover is too extensive or it is raining we will postpone the event to Friday 30th March at 7.30- 9pm. Too much cloud will mean we won't get big enough gaps in the clouds and run the risk of them not being in the right places. Also, we're unable to take the equipment out in the rain as it would get damaged - we actually have a homemade telescope that would disintegrate if it got wet!

Where is it?

Sudley House is situated in Mossley Hill, South Liverpool, a short walk from Mossley Hill train station. For full directions and maps see our visitor information page. Please note that parking space is limited at Sudley House, so travelling by public transport is recommended.

The Stargazing Grants

Stargazing at Sudley is being funded by a stargazing grant from a new strategic partnership between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Stargazing events are happening at science and discovery centres across the UK between March and June 2012, in partnership with local astronomy experts from the STFC-supported Dark Sky Discovery Project.

Three logos for The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Dark Sky Discovery.