What do you do if you want to see a star? Go shopping on Rodeo Drive? Hang out at the Polo Lounge? Some star gazers literally head for the hills. In remote spots, under dark skies, they point their telescopes and look up.
The Astronomy Centre ,  also known as the Amateur Astronomy Centre,  is an astronomical observatory located in northern England which is run by experienced amateur astronomers and is open to the public at certain times. Founded in  by Peter Drew, Linda Simonian  and Rob Miller on the site of a disused factory,  high in the Pennines , the Centre provides opportunities for its members, schools,  local community groups and the general public  to observe  and photograph  astronomical phenomena at a range of wavelengths during daylight and night hours. At the time the Centre was conceived, access to equipment and expertise was unavailable for many amateur astronomers in the UK and a national centre would have provided an invaluable focal point  Developments in optical fabrication, photography and communications now permit many visitors and members to complement their home astronomical facilities, skills and experience with those of the Astronomy Centre. In keeping with the Centres original ethos, besides welcoming visitors to the facility, current members engage off-site with schools, youth organisations and community groups and also provide contributions to national, regional, local print and broadcast media. Further construction took the total number of separate telescope mountings to 14 by the end of The main observatory tower is a three level 29 feet 8. In addition to the permanently mounted 30", 20", 17", 16", 12" and 8" instruments there are fixed locations to allow a number of smaller portable items to be quickly set up if visitor numbers increase on a clear night.
Explore our diverse programs and resources and see how they can help you better understand and share the wonder of astronomy as the gateway to science literacy. The ASP is partnered on a NASA project to create new astronomy badges for Girl Scouts, connect them with their local astronomy clubs, and train amateur astronomers to make their outreach more girl-friendly. Through an NSF grant, we have created a set of research-based, science-rich astronomy activities that are engaging and developmentally appropriate for pre-K aged children, and trained hundreds of educators at museums, parks, and libraries across the U. AFGU provides informal science educators and interpreters with new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy.
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