Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site
Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2HR
Come and join us for an evening under the stars and perhaps enjoy some late Geminid meteors
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Local Astronomer Robert Ince will be your guide taking you on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, while also showing you how to find all sorts of heavenly objects for yourself.
We will try and show some of the skies wonders through our powerful telescopes and binoculars. These are all operated by local astronomers, who will attempt to answer your questions on life, the universe and everything!
We’ll tell you more about our dark skies and show startling images and videos of the objects we hope to see when we go outside, weather permitting. But even if the weather does not co-operate we’ll still have colourful talks, videos and hands on help with telescopes, together with friendly advice on how to get started in this wonderful hobby.
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the last of the year’s major showers, and can generally be relied on to put on a good display. In 2022, the Geminid meteor shower will peak on 14-15 December but should still be strong on the weekend.
Get ready for some bright shooting stars if you gaze patiently at the night sky! We have chosen a date where moonlight is minimal and we will be able to see as much as possible – galaxies, nebula, planets and more! December offers some of the clearest skies of the year and we have scored 21.9 on the dark sky index – you will not believe that there are so many stars!
Wrap up warm – even in spring, nights can be cold, bring binoculars if you have them and also a torch. Come dressed for the weather wearing warm clothing and sturdy footwear.
This event is only suitable for children aged 8+ who are able to sit and listen to a speaker. The ticket price includes free parking – bring your own refreshments.
Please note that this has already taken place on 18/12/2022
Robert Ince Stargazing Events is organising this event
Please contact Robert Ince Stargazing Events directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
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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.
Sun 18th Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.