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Rocket-fuelled astronomy day hailed a blast

PUBLISHED: 12:23 10 June 2018

Alistair Mitchell, eight, takes a look through an eight inch Orion Reflector Telescope at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Alistair Mitchell, eight, takes a look through an eight inch Orion Reflector Telescope at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2018

Rocket science plunged back down to Earth as hundreds of home-made devices were launched into the skies at the weekend.

Jessica Sanders, nine, right, with her large rocket she has made, testing it out with her sister, Mia, seven, at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYJessica Sanders, nine, right, with her large rocket she has made, testing it out with her sister, Mia, seven, at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Some 300 people attended Seething Observatory to take part in a galaxy of activities with experiments, projects, talks and trails going on all afternoon on Saturday.

Organised by the Norwich Astronomical Society it brought together related organisations interested in promoting the wonders of the universe.

Sisters Aeryn, eight, left, and Anais Goreham, seven, with their brother Anton, 10, build a rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSisters Aeryn, eight, left, and Anais Goreham, seven, with their brother Anton, 10, build a rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Organiser Chris Greenfield said there was too much cloud to look at the sun safely through special telescopes as planned but there was still plenty for children to get excited about.

One of the most popular activities was the junk modelling station where youngsters could make their own rockets out of plastic bottles and cardboard and launch them skyward, a trail of water creating a plume behind them.

Chloe Fearn, 10, decorates her rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChloe Fearn, 10, decorates her rocket at the Astronomy and Space event at Seething. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Joanne Robinson from Spixworth said she and her children Sophia, nine and five-year-old Charlie had all had a great day enjoying the trails and quizzes and learning about the planets, human origins, black holes and the stars.

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