AN astronomer based near Malvern is offering local residents the chance to visit his observatory to mark National Astronomy Week.

Chris Baddiley, who lives at Mathon will be inviting people who are curious about the universe to come along in the evenings fromThursday, March 6, to Saturday, March 8, and, weather permitting, to observe some of the marvels of the night sky.

He said: "The weather has been pretty bad recently, but even if it's not clear, I can show visitors the images I've taken in recent years and talk about astronomy."

Dr Baddiley has been a keen observer of celestial events for many year, photographing stars and galaxies, eclipses, meteor showers and other objects and events. He has also been a keen campaigner against light pollution and rund a astronomy course for the U3A..

Despite challenging weather, he has managed in recent months to photograph Comet Lovejoy in December, and last month, a supernova or exploding star in the galaxy M82, 12 million light years away.