to raise funds for
Multiple Sclerosis The Birley Centre, Eastbourne
Tuesday 23rd October 2012
Don't be fooled by the almost empty front row! The screen was so large the audience elected to sit a little further back as well as fill the upper balcony! What a night it was! A large enthusiastic crowd joined me to share a journey into our Star and other stars 'out there', from birth to life and subsequent demise. After an hour we reached the interval, whereby twenty minutes later, we journeyed onward for another hour, taking in dimension and perspective on the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn before exiting the Solar System and heading into the 'great beyond' ... and beyond ... and beyond. The Milky Way Galaxy, with the lightyear intimately explained, was soon forsaken for the Local Group, clusters and superclusters of galaxies and the entire cosmic web thus far known. I had feared my audience might run for the proverbial trees at half-time! Not a bit of it! With the aid of some gorgeous images from NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope and the magical photography of ace astro-imager Nik Szymanek, we soaked up a wondrous voyage - and raised SIGNIFICANT funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Eastbourne and South Wealden Branch - a cause very dear to my heart.