If you’ve spent your life looking up at the night’s sky from busy urban areas, be prepared for a surprise! Seeing the twinkly star-studded sky across the vast landscape of National Parks is a real spectacle that you won’t forget in a hurry.
With less light pollution that the rest of the UK, National Parks are an astronomers’ delight and offer a wealth of stargazing opportunities for all.
Never stargazed before? Here are some top tips to get you started and enjoy an astronomically amazing adventure!
Check the phase of the moon to plan your trip – stargazing is best before a full moon.
Take a blanket or mat to lie on and wrap up warm – it can get cold under a dark sky! Take some snacks and a hot drink
Allow time for your eyes to adjust – this takes around 20 minutes so turn off any lights, torches and put your mobile phone away
Come to one of our Dark Skies Festivals – they are a great starting point and will inspire you!
You’ll see lots with the naked eye, but as you progress, invest in a telescope that will give you years and years of enjoyment.
Happy star hunting!