Last updated 23rd Oct 2012
Coming! 1st to 8th March 2014
National Astronomy Week ("NAW") is planning to celebrate Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March.
What is National Astronomy Week?
UK National Astronomy Week ("NAW") is held every few years or so to promote public awareness of astronomy by celebrating remarkable astronomical events. Previous NAWs have marked the return of Halley’s Comet, the closest approach of Mars to Earth for 60,000 years and, most recently, the 400th anniversary of the first astronomical use of the telescope.
Observing Jupiter (Galaxy Picture Library)
The next NAW will run from 1st to 8th March 2014 when an array of fascinating celestial objects will be gathered in the night sky. Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public. To enable as many people as possible to join in, NAW runs from Saturday to Saturday so actually lasts for 8 days.
You don’t have to invest in any equipment. All you need to do is go along to an observing event hosted by a participating society or organisation. This is by far the best way of enjoying NAW, as all the equipment is prepared for you and expert advice is at hand. Full event details will be available on this website nearer the time, so be sure to check out what’s going on in your region. In the meantime, take a look around here to find out all about NAW 2014.
There’s always something impressive, mysterious or spectacular going on in the universe and NAW is the ideal opportunity for you to see for yourself!
NAW2014 was announced in October 2012 - see Press Release here.