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Tue 16 JulTIME
8pm - 11pm
This summer, 12–17 year-olds can join Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock inside Stonehenge for an extra-terrestrial night of adventures in astronomy and archaeology.
The evening kicks off at 8pm with an introduction from Maggie. She’ll talk about what to look out for in the sky, like what to see during the partial lunar eclipse that will be happening that night. She’ll also demonstrate how to recognise the planets and how to spot them in the night sky when they are visible, and explain why the sun holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of Stonehenge.
Then, just before sunset, we’ll head into the middle of Stonehenge itself to check out the some of the wonders of the night sky. There’ll be plenty of different strength telescopes to use, and Maggie and other astronomy experts will be on hand to help. And our volunteers will be around to give an idea of what life might have been like for the people who built and used Stonehenge, thousands of years ago.
We’ll stay out until the partial eclipse has reached its maximum (about 10:30pm!). After that we’ll go back to the visitor centre and finish up with a cup of hot chocolate.
You’ll need to bring an adult with you. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and bring a torch.
It costs £65 for one adult and up to two children (aged 12 -17 years)
In the event of a cloudy night we will still head down to the stones to experience the monument at night and take advantage of any breaks in the cloud cover to view the stars. If the forecast is for extremely wet weather, we may be forced to cancel the event but we would contact you in advance if this was looking likely.
Please book by calling our customer services team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm). £65 for one adult and up to two children (12-17 years). This is a family event therefore adults must be accompanied by a child. The event is not recommended for children under 12 years old.