Astronomers getting a boost

Plans are for a telescope like this one to be set up at the viewing evening on the Brac.

An upcoming visit from the Cayman Islands Astronomy Society will give young stargazers on the Brac a welcome new instrument to scan the heavens.

On Tuesday, June 28, Society president Chris Cooke will be paying a visit to the Layman E. Scott High School to present a brand new Galileoscope telescope. The telescope is part of a larger donation of telescopes to schools across the Cayman Islands, which were originally donated to the Astronomical Association of Jamaica by the Astronomy Without Borders organization.

Twelve of the telescopes have been donated with the purpose of seeding and supporting science clubs and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

“I am looking forward to meeting the science department, and addressing the assembly which is being moved to the afternoon, after which we can do some solar observing through the telescope,” said Mr. Cooke.

He said he also recently learned that the school has an old telescope which he is hopeful he will be able to restore.

The National Trust and the Astronomical Society will hold a joint stargazing event on the Bluff starting at 7:30 p.m. on June 28, weather permitting.

“There are going to be flyers distributed over the island and the schools will also be invited,” said Mr. Cooke, noting it is going to be a free event open to the public. Mr. Cooke’s air ticket and some accommodation costs were sponsored by Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport.