An Introduction to Stargazing

An Introduction to Stargazing

Saturday 21st October 2023 from 18:30pm to 20:00pm

Wicken Fen - National Trust
Lode Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

This event has been organised for our local communities at Swaffham Prior, Swaffham Bulbeck and Bottisham. Please do not try to book this event unless you are a family living in these villages.

Members of the Cambridge Astronomical Association (CAA) will unlock some of the secrets of the night sky. They will talk you through what can be seen with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars and demonstrate the different types of telescopes that you can use.

Following that, a planetarium-style presentation will take place in the Learning Centre, or if the skies are clear, the CAA will lead the group onto Sedge Fen to discover the night skies through their telescopes (we may even get a glimpse of the Orionid meteor shower).

This activity is part of our community engagement project, Footprints, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Please note that this has already taken place on 21/10/2023

Event organiser

National Trust

National Trust is organising this event

Please contact National Trust directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

Event booking

Those living in Swaffham Prior, Swaffham Bulbeck and Bottisham may book tickets for this event via the National Trust website.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

Stay and gaze nearby

Stay at one of these stargazing-friendly accommodation providers.

  • Head Fen Country Retreat

    Head Fen Drove, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, CB6 2ER (11.4 miles away)

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