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Dark Skies Festival

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is taking part in the Dark Skies Festival led by South Downs National Park this February.

Gilbert White was a keen astronomer ‘The planet Venus is just become an evening star:  but being now in the descending signs;  that is, the end of Virgo, where it now is, being a lower part of the Zodiac than the end of Leo, where the sun is;  Venus does not continue up an hour after the sun, & therefore must be always in a strong twilight.  It sets at present N. of the west;  but will be in the S.W. but not set an hour after the sun ’til Octr. from which time it will make a good figure ’til March in the S.W., W., & a little to the N. of the W.’ June 3rd 1781

We will start with a Family Astronomy session on the 22nd February 6pm – 7.30pm. Join our family friendly astronomy evening. Learn about Meteors with our education team and explore night skies above Selborne with Graham Bryant from the Hampshire Astronomical Group.

On Monday 25th February we will be holding an Introduction to Astronomy, where we invite you to explore the night sky with this introductory astronomy night, including a short topical talk on astronomy and an exploration of the night sky lead by Graham Bryant from the Hampshire Astronomical Group showing you highlight to look out for in your local skies.

For more information on our events click here.