Huge thanks to Ian Hargraves and members of MKAS, who brought along their expertise and chunks of meteorites to our Stargazing event last night.
Heavy cloud-cover could have left the sizable crowd who had gathered in the village hall disappointed, but the team had brought along all manner of materials, and we were treated to a lecture from Ian about aspects of the solar system and the Milky Way, complete with presentation slides and scale-models. As we found out, when stars explode, they release particles into the cosmos, out of which everything is formed: including us.
Practical activities allowed children (and quite a few adults!) to build their own planisphere and models of the Milky Way, and there were displays and relics concerning the main meteorite impact-sites around the world, including the Vredefort structure in South Africa, and the Chixculub crater which scientists now believe was probably responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. The team were knowledgeable and approachable, chatting enthusiastically over coffee during the evening and sharing their passion for astronomy with great enthusiasm. Our thanks to MKAS for their time and generosity in taking part: we hope to welcome them back to participate in another stargazing night in late March – we’ll keep you posted. Thanks to Miriam who put the event together, too.
Find out more about MKAS on their website here.