Dumfries Museum Set To Celebrate ‘Yuri’s Night’

While astronaut Tim Peake orbits the Earth in the Space Station this family friendly annual event at Dumfries Museum celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight which took place 55 years ago, in 1961.



On Tuesday 12 April, from 6pm to 8pm, join the Dumfries Astronomy Society and museum volunteers for a fun night of space travel activities including: dress like an astronaut, taste astronaut space food, make models of Jupiter, draw pastel aurora pictures, make a Pinwheel galaxy and learn how space robots detect smells.


No booking is required for these activities and they are suitable for all ages.


The Triathalon Trust will be back at the museum with their Space to Earth Challenge – see how far you can cycle in a minute. Can we clock up the 400km to the Space Station…?


For space themed writing enthusiasts Dumfries Astronomy Society has invited writer Andrew J Wilson to read his own poetry and extracts from a science fiction story at 7pm in the Windmill Tower.


Andrew is an independent publishing professional based in Edinburgh and is visiting the museum specially for the Yuri’s Night event. Andrew is a freelance editor and writer.  His short stories have appeared all over the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places.  Andrew’s non-fiction has been published in The Scotsman, Metro, Scotland on Sunday and Interzone.  With Neil Williamson, he co-edited the award-nominated anthology Nova Scotia:  New Scottish Speculative Fiction.


Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman of the Council’s Customer and Community Services, said;


“Tim Peake’s participation in the Principia Space Mission has really captured the nations’ imagination. It is good to see the museum, with its historical associations with astronomy, working in partnership with the Dumfries Astronomy Society to provide this fun learning opportunity for all ages.”


Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits will be available for a small donation.


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