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Yuri?s Night at Dumfries Museum

This year, Dumfries Astronomy Society is joining in a global celebration of these great achievements in the exploration of space by taking part in Yuri’s Night 2007. Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of human space travel, held annually on April 12. 

Dumfries Astronomy Society is hosting a number of events to mark Yuri’s Night and to get local people involved in celebrating the history of manned space flight. These include an exhibition of original official NASA photographs and souvenir items commemorating Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight at Dumfries Museum from 9 to 14 April. 

Mark Tonar, the Society’s president explained “Dumfries Museum was the original site of the astronomical observatory for Dumfries so the culmination of our Yuri’s Night celebrations will be an open night/star party at the museum on Thursday 12 April between 7pm and 9pm. Budding astronomers of all ages are invited along on the night to find out more about Dumfries Astronomy Society and about astronomy generally”.

The evening will include a talk and slide show and an opportunity to chat to Astronomy Society members, who are always keen to help newcomers to this fascinating subject enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Mark continued “We’re keen to spread the word about what we do as a Society, and celebrating Yuri’s Night is an excellent opportunity for our members to showcase astronomy as a hobby which can be enjoyed by the whole family.”