History in the Sky

Free presentations on multiple dates during Heritage75 about Guernsey’s rich astronomical history, including the most expert astronomical photographer in Britain in the 19th century, as well as some rather strange characters! Followed by observing with the Observatory’s large telescopes.

Guernsey’s maritime heritage has meant that the island has long had an interest in astronomy for navigation purposes. But Guernsey people have also historically made their mark, both nationally and internationally, in the scientific aspects of astronomy, including, for example, the first scientific pictures taken of a total solar eclipse.

Even our Neolithic ancestors took care to orientate megalithic tombs in accordance with the rising of the Sun. This 30-minute presentation will be lavishly illustrated.

After the presentation those attending will be able to join the Observatory open day with further talks about modern astronomy, observe the cosmos with large telescopes, and learn star identification

Further details on the website.

Free entry. Donations welcome (suggested £2 adults, £1 children). No need to book!

(Image © Callum White)

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