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Star-gazing pupils explore wonders of the night sky

Lightcliffe Primary school - Astronomy week. Evie Cresswell, Renats Rudevics and Ellison Tiplady-Clegg all aged four.

Lightcliffe Primary school - Astronomy week. Evie Cresswell, Renats Rudevics and Ellison Tiplady-Clegg all aged four.

Pupils at Lightcliffe C of E Primary School had stars in their eyes after spending the week gazing at the night sky.

Martin Lunn, curator of Astronomy at the Yorkshire Museum in York, brought an inflatable stardome to the school, one of only four in the country.

During the school’s Astronomy Week pupils got the chance to visit the stardome and learn about the stars and planets.

Karen Burton, administration assistant at the school, said: “The children absolutely loved it and burst into applause at the end of the visit. There is so much interest in space and the planets and the children really enjoyed being in the stardome.”

Martin Lunn was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services for astronomy and education. He is currently researching two historical areas of astronomy, Viking astronomy and astronomy and the English Civil War.

 

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