2021 April Online Festival

The UK Astronomy Online Festival


The UK Astronomy 2021 April festival was a month long festival of free talks and events aimed at beginners to inspire people to go out and look up! As it was the Easter holidays and kinda the last month for dark nights in the astronomy season, we thought it was a great time to celebrate this awesome hobby. We had lots of talks to enjoy, plus facebook livestreams looking through a telescope with one of the experts from our charity.

If you missed any of our festival events and talks, you can watch them now on our YouTube channel.

THURSDAY
01
APRIL
WHAT'S UP IN THE APRIL SKIES
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Mark Taylor (TGP NOMINAL) & Ross Hockham (UK Astronomy founder)
Listen to Mark and Ross as they chat about what is up in the UK skies for April as well as a run down to the UK Astronomy festival.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
FRIDAY
02
APRIL
SOLAR SYSTEM TALK
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Join Ross for an hour talk where he will be taking you through the Solar System from the Sun to Pluto, with cool facts, pictures from group members and NASA and tips on how to see them in the UK skies.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
SATURDAY
03
APRIL
STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Wil Cheung (UK Astronomy)
Join Wil Photography as Wil Cheung gives you a guide to some of the key objects in the night sky over the coming months and how to spot them. Perfect for those just starting out in astronomy.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SUNDAY
04
APRIL
FUN FACTS FOR KIDS
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Aston Smith (UK Astronomy)
Join UK Astronomy’s youngest volunteer, 8 year old Aston, as he talks about what he loves about the Universe and all things space. Aston has even written a book of facts about the Solar System, the planets and its objects.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
MONDAY
05
APRIL
MOONDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Monday which means Moonday, all about our nearest neighbour and some cool features you can see on it.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
TUESDAY
06
APRIL
MARSDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Tuesday which means Mars day and all about the red planet and what features you may be able to see.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
WEDNESDAY
07
APRIL
MERCURYDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Wednesday which means Mercury day and all about this scorched body and how you may be able to spot this elusive planet.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
THURSDAY
08
APRIL
OREO MOON PHASES
LIVE EVENT at MIDDAY
Event hosted by: Janelle Harrier Wilson (NASA Solar System Ambassador)
Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Janelle for a super fun live activity to help you learn the phases of the moon. You will need to make sure you have the items listed below so that you can follow along as we work through the moon phases together! You will also need to download and print the Moon Phase Journal for this session.

   • 8 Oreo cookies per person
   • A white paper plate or plain sheet of paper per person
   • A spoon per person

You can find more fun Science Facts and experiments on Janelle's website.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
FRIDAY
09
APRIL
VENUSDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Friday which means Venusday day and all about the goddess of beauty. You will find out why her looks are deceiving and why she is known as Earth's evil twin.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SATURDAY
10
APRIL
YURI'S NIGHT UK
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Mark Taylor (aka Rocket Man) and special guests.
Celebrate the anniversary of the first person in space, Yuri Gagarin as they talk about this awesome achievement in human history. Yuri's Night UK
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SUNDAY
11
APRIL
SUNDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Sunday which means funnily enough “Sun day”. Find out all about our nearest life-giving star and the crazy things that go on there.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
MONDAY
12
APRIL
DARK SKY WEEK
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Wil Cheung (UK Astronomy)
There are many great dark sky locations around the UK, this talk will highlight some of the best places to visit and when to go. Join Wil from Wil Photography for this most informative talk.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
WEDNESDAY
14
APRIL
AURORA IN THE UK
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Wil Cheung (UK Astronomy)
Did you know we can see the aurora in the UK? Certain conditions have to be met though. Experienced aurora chaser, Wil of Wil Photography will share his top tips on how to be able to see them.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
THURSDAY
15
APRIL
JUPITERDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Thursday which means Jupiterday and all about the king of the planet, how to see it and its four main Moons plus it’s great red spot.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
FRIDAY
16
APRIL
GUIDE TO THE NIGHT SKY
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Join Ross as he uses pictures and a virtual sky to show you what you can see in your gardens using your eyes, binoculars and telescopes.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SATURDAY
17
APRIL
SATURNDAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn the origins of Saturday which means you guessed it Saturnday and all about the ringed gas giant. You will learn some cool facts and how you can see it.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Have you ever wanted to take photos of the night sky? Do you own a DSLR or Smartphone? This one-hour live talk will explore the different techniques in capturing the night skies.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SUNDAY
18
APRIL
SPRING CONSTELLATIONS
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Richard J Bartlett (Sky Guide Author)
Join Richard as he takes you through the stars and constellation in our UK spring skies, travel across the night sky. To see his guides please visit Richard's Amazon store.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
TUESDAY
20
APRIL
URANUS TALK
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
The butt of all jokes this huge gas giant was actually named after a God. Listen to find out which God.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
THURSDAY
22
APRIL
INTERNATIONAL EARTH DAY
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder) in partnership with the Parks Trust
Today is all about our planet although as astronomers we cannot see it ourselves. We will take a journey out into space to look back at our home planet and why it is so special.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
FRIDAY
23
APRIL
EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Join Ross as he explores some of the crazy things about, in or debated in our universe. He will attempt to answer some of the mind boggling questions space has to offer.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SATURDAY
24
APRIL
STRAWBERRY DNA DIY EXPERIMENT
LIVE EVENT at MIDDAY
Event hosted by: Janelle Harrier Wilson (NASA Solar System Ambassador)
Join Janelle as she asks will long term space flight change our DNA? How do we study DNA in space? Is it possible to see DNA? You will need a few items to be able to participate in our online session, so make sure you grab all the materials so that you are ready to follow along!

What you will need: 2-3 strawberries per person, a fine mesh sieve or paper coffee filters, washing up liquid, salt, water, measuring cup, spoon, measuring teaspoon, plastic zip bag per person, small cup/glass per person, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or colourless high proof spirit (like vodka!!) – 1 teaspoon per person), tweezers / straw / fork.

Please note you will need to place your alcohol in the freezer an hour before our session to help the experiment work effectively.

You can follow Janelle on her YouTube channel for more fun facts and experiments.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
SUNDAY
25
APRIL
MEET AN ASTRONOMER
LIVE EVENT at 6:00pm
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Join Ross as he talks to a proper astronomer. This is a LIVE event with Ugnė from Durham university. Ugnė will be sharing what her work and research entails, including dark matter and galaxies with opportunities to ask questions.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
TUESDAY
27
APRIL
NEPTUNE
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Learn all about this windy, cold, gas giant, the last planet in our Solar system. Find out how far away is it, how long it takes to orbit the Sun and for light to reach it.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
WEDNESDAY
28
APRIL
PLUTO
Pre-recorded (Available all day)
Event hosted by: Ross Hockham (UK Astronomer founder)
Once known as a proper planet Pluto is now designated as a dwarf planet. Find out what changed to turn 9 planets into 8 and all about our farthest planet-ish.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page
If you missed the event, you can watch it now on our YouTube channel.
FRIDAY
30
APRIL
FINALE
LIVE EVENT (Time to be confirmed)
Event hosted by: (To be announced)
To be announced.
ONLINE This is an online event.
Free to all. To keep updated, register at Eventbrite, or 'like' our UK Astronomy Events Facebook page so you don't miss anything. Donations would be greatly appreciated and would help support us to do more.
This is a public event anyone may attend. More info can be found on the UK Astronomy Events facebook page