To mark the “centenary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity” Penarth Pier Pavilion is to hold a series of “Celebrating Science” days – the first of which will be a special “Stargazing Night” on April 5th.
The event starts 19:45 – it has to be dark – and in fact the evening is being organised in association with Dark Sky Wales.
There’s to be a talk on the night sky in the Pavilion Cinema followed by guided stargazing on the pier with telescopes provided .
The event is for all ages . Adult tickets are £12 with concessions at £10. The organisers say “The observation session is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather the observing session will not take place and instead a telescope surgery will be held. Refunds will not be issued.”
Part of the evening will also be a “telescope surgery” where anyone wanting advice on setting up and using astronomical telescopes can get advice from experts. The Pavilion says members of the public are encouraged to bring any equipment they own along with them for appraisal by the astronomers.
Also being staged at the Pavilion is “Mad Science” which is putting on three special science shows in the Pavilion Cinema on Thursday April 7th at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00
On Saturday April 9 th Dr Christian Baars hosts a free drop-in session where he’ll be helping amateur geologists and casual beachcombers identify the stones, rocks and fossils found on Penarth’s foreshore .