The Swans help astronomers reach for the stars
SWANSEA City FC are helping astronomers reach for the stars with a new observatory at Fairwood Common.
As work continues to develop a new training complex at Fairwood playing fields, the Premier League club is funding a new observatory for Swansea Astronomical Society.
It means the small circular building, which houses a 12-inch telescope, will be relocated from within the grounds of the playing fields to a nearby site.
On a clear night, the Meade Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric device can pick up comets and distant constellations such as Andromeda and Orion, where stars are being formed.
“We have been on the grounds since 1978,” said Swansea Astronomical Society chairman Brian Stokes. “But with all the development works currently going on, the position of the observatory was untenable.
“The club has worked closely with us and we are delighted they have offered to relocate and fund a new observatory for the society, which will be completed in the autumn."
Another previous home, the marina observatory, is being turned into a cafe and holiday accommodation.
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins (right) said: “It’s an exciting project that will not only benefit the football club, but the thousands of students at Swansea University and, indirectly, the local community."