The Manchester International Festival kicked off at sunrise this morning and will run through until sunset on Sunday. Activities will run throughout this period – no breaks. The events include music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food and family events, some indoor and some outdoor, many created or performed by internationally acclaimed artists.. and me.
I will be hosting a free guided tour of the night sky for about an hour at the Whitworth Art Gallery. Starting at 1am on Sunday 7th July it will include a practical view of the night sky in the park at the back of Whitworth Art Gallery and talk will cover Manchester’s connections with
- The transit of Venus and video here
- Early development of rockets
- Radio Astronomy
- Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester in 1961
- and the founding of the first astronomical societies in Britain – here in the northwest England . Still active today in Liverpool, Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Sale & Altrincham, Macclesfield, Blackpool, Southport.
It starts at 1am on Sunday morning. Free – meet at the main entrance of Whitworth Art Gallery.