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28th March 2009

Another hugely successful SIGMA Family Astronomy Fun Day was held on 28th March 2009 at the Lhanbryde Community Centre.

With just under 100 members of the public turning up, they were treated to a plethora of activities and workshops, including a star lab, remote controlled Mars Rover, rocket launching, comet making demonstrations, umbrella astronomy and sundial creation! What more could anyone ask for.

The event was started with a comet making demonstration which enthralled parents and children alike. There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and everyone now knows what a comet looks like, well a Comet SIGMA anyway!

Huge thanks go to the Glasgow Science Centre for the kind use of their Star Lab and to Dug Macdonald and Sarah Smith for their time, expertise, energy and enthusiasm throughout the day and evening.

Thanks also to Bill Graham and Going Nova for the use of their Mars Rover, there was a constant queue of children (and adults) desperate to try their hand at navigating the Mars Rover around the assault course and to complete all the tasks. Congratulations to Ryan Murray for his first place and Lewis Sherman on second place - a job well done!

The rocket workshops were ongoing with rockets being designed throughout the day. Many a rocket was launched during snow and hail storms - probably more than any NASA rocket!

The umbrella and sundial workshops were also extremely popular with many a child leaving clutching their prized sundials ready to try at home

The whole event was finished off with a very successful observing session with just under 20 guests joining us at our telescopes. There was plenty to see but the favourite was probably Saturn with its rings on full display.

Thank you to all the SIGMA members who came along and helped out on the day, these events would not be what they are without your support!

Congratulations to Ryan Murray of Lhanbryde on winning the Spot the Star competition. We hope you enjoy your binoculars. Our thanks go to Strathspey Binoculars for kindly donating the binoculars.

The next event was on Saturday 24th Oct 2009 at Gordonstoun School.

Photos from the event can be seen here, courtesy of Gordon Grant.