Starring role for Doncaster pupils

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YOUNGSTERS from across Doncaster will be seeing stars later this month - quite literally.

Children from a string of local primary schools will be descending on Balby Carr Academy and gazing heavenwards for a taste of astronomy.

Pupils from seven local primary schools will be attending the science department event with their parents, and using telescopes to take a closer look at the galaxies - and hoping to spot some stunning sights.

And they will be in good hands - because one of the UK’s most experienced astronomy and science experts will be on hand to pass on tips and advice.

Dennis Ashton, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, will be delivering a talk at the event, which takes place between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on February 28.

School spokesman Alison Blaylock said: “It will be a wonderful opportunity for children to look at the night sky and find out more about the universe around them.”

Children and their parents will also be able to enjoy a mobile planetarium show, demonstrations and hands-on experiments - and they will also be able to tuck into free pizza.

Meanwhile, members of the public can enjoy a starry, starry night at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve next week.On February 15, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be looking to the skies with Doncaster Astronomical Society.

A spokesman said: “If you’ve ever looked up on a glorious starry night and wanted to know more about what is out there then you won’t want to miss out on this special evening event.”

Visitors will be able to find out more about the constellations, planets and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a Near Earth Object - which, according to Brian Joynes of Doncaster Astronomical Society, is ‘a lump of rock 45 metres across weighing 130,000 tonnes and passing close to us, which is thankfully an extremely rare event’.

The Near Earth Object - or NEO to those in the know - will be visible in the Doncaster sky rising above our eastern horizon at approximately 8.50pm and will be visible to the naked eye at first.

But thanks to high powered telescopes you’ll be able to examine the NEO much more closely with the help of experts at the event.

The event begins at 7pm and costs £4.50 plus standard admission fee, which is free for members of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

To book telephone 01302 570 077.