All eyes will be on the skies when stargazers gather to take part in an evening of investigations.
Sunderland Astronomical Society is inviting people to join it at the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust tonight and tomorrow.
The sessions will tie in with the recent BBC Stargazing Live shows and give visitors the chance to use powerful telescopes to view the moon, the gas planet Jupiter and its four largest moons.
They will also be able to see a stellar nursery called the Orion Nebula, where stars are being born, as well as planetary nebula, which is the result of a star’s death, along with a collection of star clusters including The Seven Sisters and The Beehive.
The evenings are free and for all ages and will include videos and demonstrations, talks, stalls and a craft area, with expertise on hand from astronomers, with hot food and drinks available.
The society’s Paul Meade said: “The interest with all things astronomical is growing larger everyday be it sending people or robots to other planets or just watching it on the TV.
“With an observatory right on the people of Wearside’s front door this is an excellent opportunity for anyone to come down and see the wonders of your universe that you have right above your heads and truly be amazed.”
The events run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and for further details visit www.sunderlandastro.com.