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Herstmonceux Observatory

Space is the Place

This Sunday, 11 August, there will be an extraordinary perseid meteor shower – and the best place to watch it from is the ’60s-space-age-retro-glamour of Herstmonceux Observatory. HOT’s Erica Smith closes one eye and gets ready to squint through the telescope at the final frontier…

This will be the second star-gazing event organised by St Leonards’ impresario, Sarah Janes of Kave Gallery. Space helmets off to Sarah for co-ordinating such an extraordinary combination of art, science and mysticism. Thanks to her, the beautiful but virtually redundant telescope domes will be given a new life, throbbing with experimental sounds and flashing with projected images, like a close encounter of the third kind.

The night will feature over 15 live musical acts including; GALAXIANS / AGATHE MAX + CYRIL M. / NEGATIVE PEGASUS / TUNC et NUNC (members of BRIGHTON CONSORT) / TOMAGA / NO ( ) MIDDLE NAME / BUMBLEMEE and DJs ASHLEY BEEDLE / DISASTRONAUT  / DAVE TEMPO and DEMIAN CASTELLANOS from The Oscillation and if that isn’t enough, Gypsy Outsider artist Delaine Le Bas will be taking over one of the geodesic domes and doing a performance of her piece Witch Hunt.

The event is scheduled to coincide with the peaking of the perseid meteor shower, the most visible and splendid shooting star display this year – with an expected 60–100 super colourful meteors per hour.

Also in attendance on the evening will be the Wealden Astronomical Society who will bring extra telescopes and guide visitors through the wonders of the night sky with their laser pointers – last year they were able to track the International Space Station as it zoomed overhead!

The Radio Astronomy Station at Herstmonceux will be also be open – visitors will be able to talk to radio operators about their various projects which include mapping cosmic radiation in the Milky Way – they frequently listen to astronaut chatter on the International Space Station too.

The event costs £20 – which might sound steep until you realise that normally an evening visit to the Observatory costs £18.50 – and this night has oodles of added performance value AND comes with a free bus there and home again. So you can enjoy the trip however you like, without worrying how to get home. Fabulous value. And shooting stars laid on for free, too!

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Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite or from Kave Gallery
Find out more about Herstmonceux Observatory from their website.

6pm–Midnight /
Sunday 11 August, 2013
at Herstmonceux Observatory
Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN

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Posted 19:41 Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 In: One Long Party

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