UCLan Reopens Moor Park Observatory

Keen stargazers and local astronomy enthusiasts have joined University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) staff to celebrate the grand reopening of the Moor Park Observatory on its 90th anniversary.

The Observatory, which closed its doors in 2000, has undergone a £100,000 renovation and it will now be used to allow community groups to discover the sky above Preston city centre.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “The University’s motto is ‘from the earth to the sun’ so to have the chance to put the Observatory back together again was just something we couldn’t have said no to.

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