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  • Have you ever wondered what a shooting star really is?

    Danielle Thompson

    A SPECIAL talk on comets and meteors will be held by the Southport Astronomical Society tomorrow (Thursday, October 17).

    It takes place at Scarisbrick Bowling Club on Falkland Road from 7.30pm until 9pm, with refreshments available from the club bar.

    Patrick Kiernan from the society said: “Have you ever wondered what are shooting stars or where do they come from? Why do comets have tails and do they foretell great events? Would you like to find out the best time to see a meteor shower and how to watch them?

    “In that case, our next monthly meeting is for you! Heavenly Visitors: Comets, Meteors and showers will feature the society’s very own Rick Tyers, who will answer these and other questions.

    “If you can’t make the talk but still need some Astronomical goodness the Society will open the Hesketh Park Observatory on Sunday, October 27 from 10.30am until 4pm. There are some steep steps to climb to enter the observatory. Members will also be on hand to talk about the beautiful telescope, the history of this Grade 2 Victorian observatory and to answer questions on a wide range of astronomical topics of interest to visitors.

    “You are very welcome to come to a talk for free before deciding whether to join. Membership of the society is £15 per year. You will receive a very warm welcome!”


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