Warrington Rotary Club went stargazing at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory near Warrington.
The visit was hosted by Alan Brown from the laboratory's team of scientists. He first outlined the work being carried out at the site, the adjacent science park and their contribution to the world's scientific research in high energy physics and astrophysics.
He gave a comprehensive presentation on astrophysics and astronomy and the site's links with the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. From the Big Bang Theory to galaxy formations members were treated to a descriptive trip around the known universe.
The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) based at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh is the national centre for astronomical technology and is also part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Members were told how UK ATC designs and builds instruments for many of the world's major telescopes.
They also project-manage UK and international collaborations and their scientists carry out observational and theoretical research into questions such as the origins of planets and of galaxies.
Its technology can be found in telescopes both on the ground and in space. After the presentation members were invited to take telescopes into the grounds of the laboratory and observe the planets and constellations for themselves.