Moon landing: Liverpool events marking 50th anniversary
As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing is marked in 2019, Liverpool has a host of totally space-tacular events lined up.
Curated by Natasha Young
Fernley Observatory open days
Monthly | Hesketh Park, Southport
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to take steps on the moon in 1969, the Cooke Telescope was already 100 years old.
Now situated in Southport’s Grade II-listed Hesketh Park at what is now known as the Grade II-listed ‘Fernley Observatory’, it can be explored during public open days hosted by the Southport Astronomical Society.
Forthcoming openings include 26 May, marking the 150th anniversary of the Cooke Telescope, and Summer Solstice on 22 June.
You can also pay a visit on 20 July – 50 years to the day since Apollo 11 landed, prompting mankind’s first moonwalk.
Public lecture: Moon: Art, Science, Culture
13 May | Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill
Find out how our obsession with the moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts as Liverpool John Moores University’s Astrophysics Research Institute hosts a free lecture.
Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, and writer and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske will explore ritualistic drawings and objects, romantic symbolism and silent movies to scientific observation, photography and space race propaganda during the 5pm event.
The lecture is open to all with no booking required.
Out of This World
2 June | Liverpool Cathedral
Having become the first Briton in space in 1991, Helen Sharman CMG OBE will land in Liverpool this summer to talk about her own experience of space travel and the intense preparation that was required.
Speaking under Luke Jerram’s Earth installation ‘Gaia’, which is heading to the cathedral as part of this year’s River Festival, Helen will also take part in a question and answer session during the ticketed event.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
3 May – 1 September | World Museum
The best in astrophotography from around the world will go on display in the city, as the World Museum showcases 100 awe-inspiring photographs from the 2018 competition (pictured).
Winners and shortlisted images from the competition, organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, will be among the pictures offering an Earth’s eye view of the universe.
Free to enter, the exhibition which coincides with five decades since the July 1969 moon landing will be accompanied by a free programme of space-themed activities for visitors.