SAstroS Autumn Starfest
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October

If you are not participating in the course outlined beneath the schedule, these events are open to everyone who may be on the island over the Starfest weekend.

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND

Friday Stocks Hotel
  • 7.30pm - Dinner at Stocks Hotel (non residents are welcome to book for this three course dinner for £35)
  • 9pm - Stargazing at Stocks Hotel. This event is available to non-course participants at a cost of £4 each.


Saturday - Island Hall
Planetarium Sessions - £4 adults, £2 children
  • 10am - Planetarium session
  • 1pm - Planetarium session
  • 2pm - Planetarium session
  • 3pm - Planetarium session
  • 4pm - Planetarium session

Outside the planetarium:
  • 2pm-3pm - 'Exploring Comets, Asteroids & Dwarf Planets' - A talk by Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory (Boardroom, free entry, donations welcome)
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm - 'Photographing the Starry Skies of Sark', a talk by Sark photographer Sue Daly (Boardroom, free entry, donations welcome)
  • 5pm - The opening of Sark's very own Observatory by Dr Marek Kukula
  • 6pm - Dinner at Stocks Hotel with Dr Marek Kukula (non residents are welcome to book for this three course dinner for £35)
  • 9pm - Stargazing session - Millennium Field, by the Island Hall, hosted by our guest astronomers. This is available to non-course participants at a cost of £4 for the session.

Sunday - Island Hall
Planetarium Sessions - £4 adults, £2 children
  • 11am - Planetarium session
  • 2pm or 3pm - Planetarium session (time to be confirmed on the day)

To book dinner at Stocks Hotel on either night please contact the hotel directly on: 01481 832001.




The SARK TREK Course

Sark Trek is a two-day astronomical voyage of discovery, with approximately 14 hours of learning and stargazing activities delivered by our expert astronomers.
This course is run over the whole weekend and includes many of the things listed above as well as additional content. (A detailed schedule of the course content is available HERE. Sark Trek is a new stargazing weekend break on Sark, the world's first Dark Sky Island. It is designed to make the most of the island's incredible night skies and has been specifically created to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. No prior knowledge of astronomy is needed; we'll bring you the best of the night sky in a way that is fun and easily understandable.

Sark Trek is a collaboration between Cosmos Planetarium, Sark Astronomy Society (SAstroS) and Stocks Hotel and is part of the SAstroS Autumn Starfest.

Using state of the art technology we aim to deliver an amazing stargazing learning experience in a fantastic location. The 6 metre indoor planetarium is a fully digital, 360° immersive multi-media theatre experience, ideal for taking a journey through the solar system and learning about a range of astronomical subjects. Also on offer is the use of an array of different astronomical equipment, from simple binoculars to large astronomical telescopes with 'Goto' and wireless Bluetooth capabilities.

If you have your own telescope, bring it along and we'll show you how to get the best use from it.

During the day, we can offer solar observing with close-up views of the sun and its flares, filaments and sun-spots, using Hydrogen Alpha and white light solar telescopes.

With the planetarium, even if it's cloudy during your stay, we can still give you a virtual tour of the night sky, exactly as it should look that evening. Sark based photographer Sue Daly will also be giving a presentation on how to photograph the night sky.

Cosmos Planetarium
Sark Trek is delivered by James Green and Steven Gray of Cosmos Planetarium. James has a BSc (Hons) in physics, is a member of the Institute of Physics and is a keen amateur astronomer. Steven has had a lifelong fascination with the night sky, is also a keen amateur astronomer and solar system imager. Both are members of the British Association of Planetaria and Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society and have many years experience delivering astronomy outreach classes and courses. You can find out more about Cosmos Planetarium via their website: www.cosmosplanetarium.co.uk

If you're not a Sark resident Stocks Hotel is offering an all-inclusive package of two nights accommodation, breakfast and evening meals for £270. Stocks has brought a new level of luxury to the Channel Islands, providing the ultimate in relaxed charm and barefoot elegance. The chef prides himself on serving the best local produce and the hotel is dedicated to the finest traditions of rural island hospitality combined with contemporary comforts. To book the weekend package contact Stocks directly on 01481 832001 and, for more information, visit: www.stockshotel.com

If you live on Sark, or would prefer to find your own accommodation, the fee for the course is only £75.There is a wide choice of accommodation on Sark including self-catering, campsites and bed and breakfast options. For more information about the accommodation available visit the Sark Tourism website at www.sark.co.uk.

Three course evening meals with the astronomers at Stocks Hotel on Friday and Saturday night are available for £35 per person.

To book the course only please make a cheque payable for £75 to 'Sark Astronomy Society' and post it to: Sue Daly, La Retraite, Sark, GY10 1SF.

This is an informal course and is first and foremost intended to be fun and as flexible as possible regarding the level of the content and taking weather conditions in to account. We strongly believe astronomy, and science in general, should be as accessible as possible for everyone. Lots of people get telescopes as gifts but never learn how to use them properly, feel free to bring along any equipment you have and we will endeavour to show you how to get the best out of it.

During the evening observing sessions, if the skies are clear, remember that it can be very cold so please make sure you pack appropriate clothing. To make the most of the clear skies (if we do get them!) the evening observing sessions can of course be extended. Both James and Steven are very passionate about everything to do with the night sky and will be spending a considerable amount of their nights on Sark looking up!



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