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Universe enthrals young stargazers in Havering

PUBLISHED: 17:45 14 November 2012

Children enjoyed a star gazing event at Havering Museum run by the Havering Astronomical Society

Children enjoyed a star gazing event at Havering Museum run by the Havering Astronomical Society

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»Visitors to Havering Museum were captivated by the wonders of the universe at an indoor stargazing event.

Children and adults enjoyed exploring the universe with the help of Havering Astronomical Society, based in Cranham, who taught them about black holes, the solar system and how craters are formed.

‘Fantastic’

They also looked at how to use a telescope and looked at pictures from Mars.

Ellen Owen, acting curator at the museum, said: “Adults and children had a fantastic time and it was great to see how much the children knew about black holes and the different stars.”

Frances Ridgley, secretary of the society, said: “We showed the children what happens when you go near a black hole by getting one child to wear some black material, and the others held rope and they were pulled towards the black hole.

“The children also bombarded some flour with balls of Blu-Tac to show craters made on the moon.

“It was absolutely fantastic and the children were fascinated; you could hear a pin drop in the room.”

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