It's all looking up for visitors to stargaze event
WOULD-BE stargazers and space enthusiasts will be gathering in a Derby park on Saturday to gaze heavenwards.
Community group Alvaston Park Friends is holding a free star party in Alvaston Park.
It is timed to coincide with this week's BBC Stargazing Live series of three programmes, which begin tonight.
Organiser Katie Smith said: "What an exciting week this is for stargazing. At our event, Derby and District Astronomical Society will helping visitors view some of the wonders of the night sky through the society's telescopes.
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"There will be stargazing walks, astronomy-themed crafts run by Derby Museum and Art Gallery, giant bubbles and even exploding custard."
Appearing in the BBC programmes will be a replica of astronomer Frederick William Herschel's 20ft long telescope, built at the University of Derby.
Sir Frederick is considered to be one of the greats of astronomy for his discovery of the planet Uranus and its moons.
The Alvaston Park event will run from 4pm until 9pm and visitors will be able to buy planet-themed pizza and cakes at the Mad Hatter's Tea Rooms.
They are advised to wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch.