Stargazers invited to Mill’s Observatory

The Mills Observatory has a varied events programme over the summer.

The Mills Observatory has a varied events programme over the summer.

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The Mills Observatory in Dundee has a host of stellar activities on offer throughout the summer to educate, amaze and astound the whole family.

Planetarium Shows will be running on Wednesdays July 9, August 6, September 3 and September 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will join observatory staff for a tour of the night sky in the planetarium and learn all about asteroids, galaxies and much more.

Admission for the show costs £1 for adults, 50p for children and booking is essential - to book please call 01382 435967.

Children and families will have the chance to enjoy various astronomy-related activies at Saturday Stars’ creative session on varied Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Creative Learning Team will host ‘Solar Sculptures’ on June 21, ‘Atomic Accessories’ on July 19, ‘Marbley Moons’ on August 23 and ‘Autumn Sky’ on September 20.

The Dundee Astronomical Society will be holding a series of meetings entitled ‘Great Moments in Astronomy’ beginning on Sunday, August 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This talk picks out some of the key moments and names of those who pushed forward our knowledge to what we now believe in the 21st century after our understanding of the sun, moon, stars and planets developed over centuries of curiosity and study.

Human knowledge about the universe is nowhere near complete and more surprises are certain to be revealed in the future.

On Sunday, September 14, again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the society will host a talk on Dwarf Planets.

In 2006 the International Astronomical Union decided to reclassify Pluto as a dwarf planet and defined what this new category of astronomical body is.

Since then, many objects in the solar system have been reclassified and this talk will explain what they are and how they are important to our understanding of the solar system.

It will also discuss future space exploration of these bodies.

On both of these days the society will be on hand to help visitors to safely view the sun by telescope and raise awareness of its importance as the planet’s primary energy source.

These viewings are free and no booking is required, but observatory staff say that they are not suitable for young children.

For more information please call 01382 435967 or visit http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/mills