As part of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival’s Day of Creativity and Curiosity we are hosting three family-friendly workshops in An Lanntair’s art room. All are free but limited capacity. If you have bought a day ticket you can reserve places in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up from 10am on the day of the event, subject to availability.
11am – An introduction to astrophotography
Andy Yearley of Stornoway Astronomical Society presents an introduction to astrophotography. If you’re new to astrophotography, or wanting to further your skills, this workshop will cover celestial navigation, linking cameras to telescopes, tips on gadgets, software, long exposures and autoguiding. Feel free to bring your own camera. All ages welcome but probably not suitable for children under eight.
2pm – Exploring exoplanets
Dr Amaury Triaud has discovered over a hundred exoplanets – planets orbiting stars other than our own. Here he presents a family-friendly sharing of his research, using rulers, crayons, cardboad, playdough, cocktail sticks, and a bit of algebra. Recommended for ages eight and above.
4pm – How to build a life-size sculpted astronaut
Want to learn how to make a life-sized astronaut out of paper? Artists Gillian McFarland and Ione Parkin of Creativity and Curiosity show you how. All ages welcome.