A STRING of star-gazing events are coming to a historic village aerodrome museum this week.

Star lovers from across the county are expected to get together for the series of sessions that will be held at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

The museum has joined forces with the East Essex Astronomy Club (EEAC) to run a trio of Stargazing sessions.

They will take place on Saturdays January 25, February 22 and March 21.

Museum chief executive Ian Flint said: “Stargazing is of national interest and brings together families, the local community as well as a local astronomy club.

“The skies above Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome offer the perfect opportunity to observe the night sky, and a very different sky from that of 100 years ago when the airspace was dominated by enemy bombers and Zeppelins ready to attack London.

“We hope stargazers will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity and join us on one of the three dates.”

John Press, from the East Essex Astronomy Club, said: “We’ve got six volunteers and six or seven telescopes of varying types which will be set up for public viewing.

“We will be able to see Venus, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda galaxy and other things such as star clusters.”

Star-watchers can bring their own equipment but gear will be provided on the night.

The sessions will be held from 7pm until 8.30pm and the museum’s mess will be open for hot drinks and soup.

Organisers are urging visitors to dress up warm for the event.

Admission costs £5 per person and can be booked online at stowmaries.org.uk/event-bookings/event/stargazers.