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A Night with the Stars

posted 15 Oct 2015, 11:18 by

Come star gazing at Chepstow Museum & The Drill Hall with the Usk Astronomical Society

FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 6pm til late!


A Museums at Night event and part of the Welsh Museums Festival


Get stars in your eyes at a very special event being held by Chepstow Museum on Friday 30 October from 6pm til late!


As part of the nationwide Museums at Night weekend the museum is opening its doors at night and, combined with the Drill Hall, will turn into a space to explore out-of-space with the Usk Astronomical Society. They will be bringing experts and instruments to explore and discover the night sky and unlock its mysteries.


Whatever the weather, you’ll get the feel of being out on a really starry night in the amazing indoor planetarium. Lie back and see the motions of the stars, discover the constellations and the myths and legends that surround them. Learn what to look for in each session, and where to look for planets in the Zodiac. Find out about the real Milky Way and the Galaxy! There’s even a short slide presentation on the solar system while visitors’ eyes grow accustomed to the darkness.


There will also be a great opportunity to look at the real night sky through telescopes, if the weather is favourable, looking at planets, galaxies, nebulae and double stars and finding out about their origins and significance. If you have a telescope of your own and would like the experts to show you how to get the best out of it, or help with setting it up, bring it along.


Come back down to earth, with a display of meteorites that can be touched and handled, discussed and explored with members of the Astronomical Society.


Inspired by what you’ve seen – the Museum will also be running a constellation of craft – make stars, planets, satellites, spacecraft, from glow-in-the-dark material that we can send spiralling up the pillars of the museum porch that night, and send photos through the ether!


The evening will start early so that families can enjoy the experience together and continue until late with a last show at 10.15pm.  Space inspired refreshments will be on sale throughout the event, including hot drinks, to help keep you warm and in the mood.


Museums at Night is the UK’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage. Hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK will open up late and put on a dazzling array of special night-time events. It is organised by Culture24.


Rosie Clarke, from Culture 24 said: “The twice-yearly Museums at Night festival aims to inspire new visitors to discover the fascinating arts and heritage highlights on their doorstop. We encourage museums to think creatively about who they could partner with to create an exciting after-hours experience, and it’s great to see the way Chepstow Museum is working together with local experts to create their space-themed evening. The pop-up planetarium will be brilliant for families to explore, and the mixture of glow-in-the-dark crafts, the chance to use real telescopes and the opportunity to hold meteorites should make this an unforgettable night!”


This event has been supported by a grant from The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales, as part of the Welsh Museums Festival taking place across the country from 24 October – 1st November. Get ready to BE AMAZED!


Tickets: £5 Adult £3 Child

All activities are included in this price.


Make sure you book your place on one of the timed indoor planetarium sessions which take place at 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.45pm, 9.30pm and 10.15pm. There will be around 20 spaces available at each viewing and they last for half an hour.


Please call Chepstow Museum on 01291 625981