Canterbury Astronomical Society - Earth Hour 2020 Celebration

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RF Joyce Observatory

Canterbury Astronomical Society

218 Bells Road

West Melton, Canterbury 7671

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Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet.

Join us to celebrate Earth Hour 2020 with an evening under the stars as you and your family discover the wonders of the Southern night sky with our skilled amateur astronomers. We hope the reduced light adds to the events enjoyment - so come along and sample some of the best skies in NZ right on your doorstep in Canterbury.

See our closest neighbours in our solar system, no one will ever forget their first views of Jupiter or Saturn! Maybe take a closer look at our amazing Moon and discover its secrets or learn about our constellations, closest stars, our galactic core and the beautiful nebula in our amazing universe.

It's fun, amazingly educational and an evening that promises to be, well and truly, out of this world!

So get ready for blast off as we have some great things to keep you entertained and informed this year.

This is a FREE event but admission is by ticket for health and safety reasons. - book early to avoid disappointment - Bring a friend, the kids or someone elses kids (get permission first!). We will be asking for gold coin donation if you come along and enjoy the evening. Proceeds all go to the observatory operation - we are a not for profit organisation.

The Canterbury Astronomical Society observatory has 3 fixed telescopes (12", 14" and a 16") and an assortment of portable telescopes, which will be open during our public open night programme for 2020.

Our Earth Hour 2020 tour starts with a welcome talk starting at 7:30pm, followed by a guided sky tour and telescope viewing until 10:00pm. Gate opens 7.20pm sharp - no early admission sorry.

In the event of weather being unfavourable for viewing we will run a series of lectures/ Q&A sessions and tour of the telescopes.

Further information of our outreach public open nights can be found on our website www.cas.org.nz

Please note that we cannot accept gate entry to sold out events. However, you may wish to consider membership, which allows you unlimited access during the year.

If you are not able to attend we ask you cancel your booking so others may attend.

Tour suitable for everyone aged 5 and over - Kids aged 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure you wrap up warm - grab those extra socks and come along to the observatory for a night of fun.

Please Note:

White lights are strictly prohibited at the observatory during operations, we ask that you do not use torches or mobile phones while visiting as they destroy our night vision - we use red lights only - head torches set on red are acceptable - and no bright flashy LED shoes please :)

Parking on the roadside verges is available at the observatory - please park considerately. Please note Bells Road can be icy during winter so please take care when approaching the observatory.

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RF Joyce Observatory

Canterbury Astronomical Society

218 Bells Road

West Melton, Canterbury 7671

New Zealand

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