Calling Moon gazers for an evening of lunar activity

Budding and experienced Moon gazers alike will be urged to turn their eyes to the skies this week at a free event taking place in Aberdeen.

Autumn MoonWatch will offer visitors the chance to experience fantastic views of the night sky and learn more about the Earth’s natural satellite.

Taking place at the city’s Satrosphere Science Centre on Thursday (October 29), the event has been scheduled to coincide with the Moon’s cycle when it is best placed for observation in the UK.

Aberdeen Astronomical Society will provide visitors with the opportunity to take a closer look at the Moon through their telescopes, and deliver talks during the event.

Star shows from TechFest-SetPoint in their Cosmic Dome inflatable planetarium will take place throughout the evening which is being held as part of celebrations for the International Year of Astronomy.

A host of Moon related indoor activities will also be available for all the family, alongside the chance to win a telescope.

Dr Ken Skeldon from the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Science Unit, and co-organiser of the event said: “Autumn MoonWatch aims to provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the Moon up close at this peak time of its cycle for observation.   

“Weather permitting, the telescopes positioned on the lawn of Satrosphere will offer the chance to take in arguably the skies most intriguing spectacle. 

“Even if it’s cloudy, we'll have lots of indoor talks, shows and a competition to keep budding moon gazers of all ages happy.”

Autumn Moonwatch takes place at the Satrosphere Science Centre on Thursday (October 29) from 7- 9pm and is sponsored by a grant from the Scottish Government given to the Scottish Science Centres to help promote International Year of Astronomy, which runs through till Spring 2010.

The event is free to attend and open to all.  For more information visit