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Seeing Stars at National Museum Cardiff

Back by popular demand, National Museum Cardiff will again be hosting a FREE fun-filled day of astronomical activities, shows and displays for all the family on Saturday 10 January, 10am-4pm.


Experience stargazing through the ages – find out what it was like to look through Galileo and Newton’s early telescopes, and how today high-tech telescopes compare is!

You will also have the opportunity to look through specialist solar telescopes with Cardiff Astronomical Society and observe directly the Sun, find out some sunspots and prominences safely if the weather allows it.

In the main hall discover how astronomers explore the sky at multiple wavelengths using the Herschel and Planck space telescopes, with Cardiff University.


See displays from the University of South Wales astronomy group, including spectacular 3D space shows and images from the Faulkes Telescope Project, or learn more about tackling light pollution with the Campaign for Dark Skies.


Can you tell meteorites from meteor-wrongs? Have a go at our fun quiz and see how much you know about space rocks. Explore the Museum’s meteorite collection, and use our impact simulator to discover the effects of a meteorite hitting your home town. Think you’ve found a meteorite?  Bring it in and our museum scientists will identify it for you.


Have fun exploring our giant model of the solar system, and have a go at our planets quiz.Join in one of our hands-on, space-themed family workshops.Wannabee astronomers can find out about local astronomical societies, including Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea.


Dr Lucy M. E. McCobb, Senior Curator: Palaeontology, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, said, “Our star attractions day proves more popular every year so we’re excited about the big day on Saturday. We’ve got a full day of fun free events and activities for stargazers and future astronomers! There will be plenty of scientists to talk to and answer any questions so we hope visitors come and join us for a fun-filled day of stargazing events.”

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven museums across Wales including National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum, the National Roman Legion Museum, Big Pit National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum, the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum.

Entry to the Museum is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.

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