Star Gazing Evening at Guildford Cathedral

Star Gazing Evening at Guildford Cathedral

Future astronomers and astronauts are invited to Guildford Cathedral’s Pop Up Observatory on Friday 20 January for a free star gazing evening, plus a talk from an internationally respected Astronomer, Prof David Hughes.

Ideal for beginners and enthusiasts keen to learn more, visitors of all ages are welcome to explore the sky at night at this special event through the use of outdoor telescopes.  Volunteer devotees from The Guildford Astronomical Society will be present to guide visitors as they share their knowledge and passion for their speciality.   To celebrate the season of Epiphany, the evening includes a free talk on “The Star of Bethlehem” delivered by international astronomical expert, David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Sheffield University.

David will deliver an accessible illustrated talk covering the fascinating question of “What was the star of Bethlehem? Did it really exist? What does it tell us about the birth of Jesus? … If it did exist, then it is one of the most amazing phenomena ever witnessed by man.  Join us for a journey of investigation into the astronomical, biblical, historical, religious and astrological evidence about the star, following a trail of detection we shall arrive at a definite solution to the star of Bethlehem mystery!

The Star Gazing part of the evening is weather dependent and will be held outside the Cathedral taking advantage of its commanding position.   Crafting activities, the chance to meet the experts and the talk, will take place, whatever the weather, in the heated spacious Marquee at Guildford Cathedral.


Star Gazing                                                      6.00pm – 8.30pm (weather permitting)

Drop in crafting activities for children               6.00pm – 8.30pm

The Star of Bethlehem talk                              6.30pm – 7.30pm

The Cathedral floodlights will be turned off for the evening to enhance the experience.  Visitors to the Cathedral should bring torches to help them navigate the local paths, but these should be turned off at our “Pop Up Observatory”.  Warm clothing is recommended!  Free car parking is available at the Cathedral, please drive carefully as lighting in the vicinity will be reduced.

Enquiries to Louise Kenyon