STARGAZERS are invited to join free events being staged as part of National Astronomy Week.

Durham Astronomical Society is hosting three public observing events in early March.

The first will be at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, on Tuesday, March 4.

Skywatchers will move to Harehope Quarry, near Frosterley, on Thursday, March 6; and Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, near Houghton-le-Spring, on Saturday, March 8.

The theme of the event is Jupiter and visitors will have the chance to see the solar system’s largest planet through volunteers’ telescopes.

All events will run from 7pm to 9pm and are free. Donations to the society are welcome.

If the skies are cloudy, there will be a talk instead.

National Astronomy Week runs from March 1 to 8. For more information, visit

For further details on Durham Astronomical Society, go to