Acclaimed stargazer comes to Clanfield

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ONE of the most experienced stargazers in the country will be visiting a village tonight.

Bob Mizon MBE, planetarium operator and co-ordinator for the Campaign for Dark Skies, will be presenting the first public lecture in 2016 of the Hampshire Astronomical Group.

Janet Turner, events activity co-ordinator, said: ‘Bob will present a collection of, and discussion of some of the best Nasa images.

‘He will also give us a brief update on the situation in the UK as regards dark-sky protected areas.

‘With the recent resurgent of interest in space exploration, this is sure to be a popular talk.’

On Butser Hill, amateur astronomers regularly set up their telescopes to explore night skies considered some of the best in the country.

The South Downs National Park has applied for the area to become an international ‘dark skies reserve’.

The talk takes place at Clanfield Memorial Hall, in South Lane, Clanfield, from 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

The cost is £3 for non-members and tickets will be available on the door.

For more information on the event, contact graham.bryant@hantsastro.org.uk