Eager stargazers were treated to stellar views of the moon’s craters, studying the patterns left behind by meteors long ago. Through a collection of professional telescopes, young and old alike were also keen to spot the evening star, Venus, just after sunset, and later Saturn.
Viewing such a distant target was tricky, but Saturn’s beautiful rings made it worth while. To round off an excellent evening, the ISS graced us with her presence on an overhead fly-by, shining brilliantly before fading into the Earth’s shadow.
Camilla Evans, Head of Science and STEM at Heywood Prep, often invites a wide range of STEM Ambassadors to work with the school’s families. Her passion for astronomy and astrophysics have enabled Heywood to be recognised for its use of space as a vehicle for learning, for all ages from 2 to 11, with the Space Education Quality Mark Gold from ESERO-UK. The school’s dedicated STEM curriculum is also recognised as the 2018 ISA Winner for Innovation in STEM.