Preparations are being made by Leisure & Culture Dundee to run a popular programme of events at Mills Observatory over the Winter Season, commencing 1 October 2018, despite difficulties with the dome at the venue.
Due to technical issues with the dome mechanism at the Observatory it will not be possible to view the night sky from that level of the building until repairs have taken place. However, the programme will include family events and astronomer talks and also allow use of alternative telescopes on the observatory balcony for night viewing sessions, weather permitting. There will also be a number of planetarium shows on the ground floor of the building.
Billy Gartley, Head of Cultural Services at Leisure & Culture Dundee said
"We hope that the public understand that we will make every effort to run as full a programme as possible given the circumstances. We also ask for patience as we may be reliant on weather conditions and need to alter events at short notice. We are working closely with partners at the Mills Observatory advisory group and Dundee Astronomical Society to ensure a full programme for the Winter Season. We hope to be able to post regular updates from Dundee City Council on progress of any building works as we receive them."
A Dundee City Council Spokesperson said
"We are working actively to try and find a solution for the dome."
Details of the Mills programme will be kept regularly updated on the website and will include dates of the planetarium shows which can be booked in advance.
For the latest information go to http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/mills-home