Astronomy society’s plan will be out of this world

The Euxton astronomy society
The Euxton astronomy society
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Stargazers could soon be flocking to Chorley to visit an astronomical observatory.

There are plans to launch a major fundraising project for a state-of-the-art building in Euxton.

It is the vision of Euxton Astronomy Society, known as Euxtronomy, and its founder Steve Berry.

Steve, of Chestnut Avenue, Euxton, said: “It’s not ambitious to me. I’m very confident that if we can get enough people behind it, it will turn into something really special.”

Euxtronomy started in January and has grown to 30 members attending monthly meetings, with up to 120 people getting involved online.

The group will be formalised soon and start working on the observatory project, which could be used by residents, colleges and universities.

Steve, 47, a former parish councillor, said: “The group, when it formalises in January, will decide on what type of observatory it should be and how big it should be.

“At that point we will know what our aspirations will be.

“I think it will be in the order of £250,000 at least. The sort of equipment we would want to get won’t be cheap.”

The group will be writing bids for funding and is planning an 80s night in March as their first fundraiser.

They will draw on Steve’s experience – he raised more than £20,000 for charity after his daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and was a co-founder of Euxton War Memorial Group.

To get started, the group is designing an all-sky camera looking for meteors and comets.

To find out more, email euxtronomy@gmail.com.

Alternatively, attend the group’s annual general meeting on Sunday, January 17 at The Insty in Euxton.