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Once again, Culcheth High School’s Science Department teamed up with Liverpool Astronomical Society to provide our annual Community Moon Watch Event. This was a spectacular extravaganza of all things to do with the moon from giving the school’s telescopes an airing, to flying through the Solar System using NASA’s Solar System Eyes software, building your own telescope, straw rockets, and model moons to exploring how craters are formed and how rocket boosters work.

There were a number of competitions on the night with prizes being given throughout. However, the winner of the ‘pin the lander on the moon’ competition was Will Harris. Well done. Despite the rain earlier on in the day, the evening was clear which gave us some great views of the moon.

Feedback from the night was great, with over 150 attending including 6th Culcheth Brownies and Gorse Covert Beavers. Some comments included: “That was cool and I loved the experiments! I covered that Mister in flour and I know how a rocket works with vinegar and I got two chocolates for doing a quiz, I can’t wait to tell my mum about it all”. “Great opportunity to learn about astronomy but also to involve local community. With thanks”.

If you have your own telescope that you want to get the best out of, or fancy doing some more star-gazing events, Liverpool Astronomical Society have a weekly public meeting every Wednesday at the Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill between 7pm and 9pm. For more information see their website: Many thanks to all who attended.

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