Astronomy Day at Spaceport in Seacombe
Photographs and Report by L
AS part of National Science Week,
Saturday 11 March 06 was designated Astronomy Day at Spaceport. This
exciting educational venue offers adults and children a stimulating
experience throughout the year covering many aspects of astronomy
and space travel. It presents many interactive displays and
experiments and thoughtfully presented information. There is also a
Space Dome, which uses the latest digital technology to run
interesting programmes. Space Port also runs the National Schools
website, in conjunction with
John Moores University (JMU) Liverpool. This web site supports
schools science curriculum.
look at a board about the European Space Agency's Rosetta
spacecraft, that has a local connection to the Southport/Formby
area. See our
Astronomy Day saw a galaxy of stars from
JMU’s Astrophysics Research Unit, who were on hand to shed light for
anyone who wished to discuss their scientific interests with them.
Also, four excellent lectures were given in the Space Dome/Lecture
Theatre, by prestigious speakers from around the UK:- ‘Things
That Go Bang In The Night’ was presented by Dr Andy Newsham from
JMU, ‘Exploring The Planets’, by Professor Fred Taylor from
Oxford University, ‘When Galaxies Collide’ was given by Dr
Phil James (JMU) and last but not least ‘Imaging The Universe’,
by Dr Robert Massey of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. These
lectures were given to full capacity audiences, many participants
had travelled from afar to hear them and pronounced them well worth
the effort. Meanwhile, trade was brisk within the centre with adults
and many young families exploring the exhibits. One mum did express
the wish that there had been “more rockets and things to climb
in and out of” but there a few games and novelties to be
found further along the route. Most children appeared well absorbed,
however and there seemed to be quite a few would be scientists of
the future being inspired by the offerings.
Spaceport is part of the Mersey Ferries
Group and a trip from Liverpool and back by ferry makes a very
pleasant way of reaching the centre, which adjoins the Seacombe
For more information see:-
SCIENCE WEEK FOR
THE event run by National Museums
Liverpool started on 10 March 06 and continues until 19 March 06.It
has a whole host of free activities to do, to celebrates National
Science Week 06. This year promises to be the biggest yet with
events such as Dominant Dinosaurs at World Museum Liverpool, Light
and Colour at the Treasure House Theatre and The Fun with Felt
workshop at the Customs and Excise Museum.
National Science Week began in 1994 with the aim of bringing science
to everyone. Since then an increasing number of organisations across
Britain have become involved in events to mark Science Week.
All activities, experiments and events are free. A leaflet is
available from our venues detailing other National Museums Liverpool
events during Science Week. All event details can also be found on
The World Museum, Liverpool, ran “Dance of the Night Sky ”
in the Planetarium on Saturday 11th March. This innovative free
event told the tale, in Hindu mythology, behind the star cluster,
the Seven Sisters. It was designed to give people an alternative,
non-European perspective of a popular Greek Myth. This very unusual
presentation involved contemporary Indian dance and music, which is
both dazzling and colourful.
Legal action taken
against trouble tenants
GOLDEN Gates Housing (GGH) has
taken legal action against anti social tenants following a string of
incidents in the Burtonwood and Longford areas of Warrington.
GGH was awarded an injunction, with a power of arrest, against an 18
year old man from Knight Road in Burtonwood, who had threatened his
neighbours and caused damage to property.
GGH was also awarded an undertaking against his mother, who agreed
not to engage in anti-social behaviour during the next 12 months.
In a separate case, GGH were awarded an injunction against a 38 year
old woman from Densham Avenue in Longford, who physically assaulted
one of her neighbours. The injunction means that if the perpetrator
harasses or threatens her neighbours again she will be liable for
arrest and may be sent to prison.
Peter Mercer, Chief Executive of GGH, said:- "We will not
tolerate anti social behaviour and we will take action against those
who make the lives of their neighbours a misery."
GGH's tenancy agreement contains an obligation on tenants or anyone
living in or visiting the property not to commit any acts of
physical, verbal or written abuse towards individuals or groups. It
also contains an obligation not to do anything that causes or is
likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to people in the local area.
[Golden Gates Housing Ltd manages 9,300 homes on behalf of
Warrington Borough Council. GGH was formed in Febuary 2004 as a
separate, registered company. GGH has its own board made up of
tenants, councillors and independent members of the public.]