The UK has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe. You can find dark skies near where you live, if you can get away from bright lights such as street lighting. That could be in your back garden, a local park, or getting out of town altogether. From a city centre location we might see about 100 stars with our naked eyes, and the further away from the streetlights you go, the better the view becomes. Under a really dark sky we can see over 1,000 stars. We can even see our own galaxy, The Milky Way, stretching across the sky.
We are blessed to have one designated Dark Sky area right on our doorstep in the Brecon Beacons. Not only is it a beautiful place but a true stargazers heaven. In fact you could probably see the heavens it’s so perfect there. In the top ten list of places in the UK to watch the stars, the Brecon Beacons is right up there at number one.
You can join fellow enthusiasts as they go stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening. Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and learn the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps. You will also be shown how to set up a telescope correctly before viewing and then photographing some of the magnificent sights in the night sky. No prior knowledge or equipment needed, but feel free to bring both!
Duration: 3 hours
- Small group astronomy tuition
- Use telescopes to take night sky pictures
- Learn how to recognise constellations
- Visit one of Britain’s few Dark Sky areas
The evening is restricted to a small group of max 8 per astronomer and the start time varies according to the time of year to ensure darkness. They generally hold the evenings in the region of the LD3 8ER postcode or within a couple of miles. Bookings can be taken for special bespoke group sessions, with the Astronomer travelling to you if requested and if the site is suitable. There are provisions to ensure that even if the weather is a little unaccommodating there will still be opportunities to use the equipment and learn about the skies, but there is a risk of the activity being cancelled in the event of forecast gales or predicted cloud cover. In this instance they will contact you in advance.
They have a few dates coming up this year, each of them cost £55.82 but we reckon it’ll be a fantastic experience with some amazing views and photographs at the end of it. We’ve put the dates and relevant links below if you’d like more information and to book a place.
- SUNDAY 29th MARCH – 9pm to Midnight
- SUNDAY 12th APRIL – 9pm to Midnight
- FRIDAY 17th APRIL – 9pm to Midnight
- SUNDAY 26th JULY – 10:30pm to Midnight
The events are put together by Dark Sky Wales and they have some many other things running for families, larger groups and prices to fit all budgets, if you’d like to see everything they have on offer, go here. DARK