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A spectacular family-friendly stargazing event is taking place this weekend

By James Fenton

October 24, 2019 at 10:35am

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The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and for those with little ones in their lives, that means filling the days up with fun activities to keep them occupied. Sure, you could get stuck into the Lego for a few hours or stick Frozen on the telly for the 10,000th time. Alternatively, you could wrap the family up warm and explore the vast reaches of our galaxy from the safety of the Sugarloaf car park in Co. Wicklow.

The kid-friendly Milky Way and planets stargazing event will take place on Saturday evening and it promises to be a spectacular experience for stargazers of all ages. We should know because we attended a couple of the previous gatherings hosted by Galactic Wicklow and to say our minds were blown would be an understatement. You can read up on our experience here.

Back to Saturday. So what will you be getting on the night? Well, with the Milky Way perfectly placed in the sky above, you'll get a galactic viewing experience which you'll never forget. Throughout the two-hour tour, attendees will be given access to high-quality equipment from which they'll be able to observe Saturn and its rings as well as Jupiter and its moons. There will also be a chance to catch nebulae and dense star clusters and if you have no idea what any of that means, don't worry. Before exploring the night sky, you and your clan will be given a 15-minute lesson on the basics of astronomy, meaning no space rock will be left unturned when it comes to learning about the universe. Oh, and throughout it all there'll be hot teas and snacks on offer to keep you warm.

It all gets underway at 6.30pm on Saturday with tickets costing €45 for adults and €35 for children. An educational experience that's also thoroughly entertaining and a great way to kick off the mid-term break. Trust us, you won't regret it.  More information on the event can be found here.

(header pic: Galactic Wicklow)

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