Dark Skies Experience at Sutton Bank

Dark Skies Experience at Sutton Bank

Saturday 13th January 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

Sutton Bank Star Hub
Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EX

Join the team from Large Outdoors in the North York Moors National Park for an evening of celestial delights.

Sutton Bank is a captivating location (home to one of the North York Moors National Park’s visitor centres) where visitors typically enjoy panoramic views from the dramatic escarpment during the daylight hours.

At night, however, Sutton Bank becomes a Dark Sky Discovery Site – a proper night-sky paradise officially recognised for its low light pollution levels and apparent horizons.

You’ll meet the Large Outdoors stargazing guide at 6:45 pm, ready to start stargazing at 7 pm. They will introduce you to the night sky through our range of telescopes and knowledge of the constellations and cosmos. We’ll use the dedicated Star and Nature Hub – gathering around the outdoor seating area (with dark sky-friendly red lights) and enjoying a close-up look at the stars and other celestial bodies, offering the clearest views on the night.

Along with our regular telescopes, we’ll bring our state-of-the-art telescope with a built-in camera that we’ll use to snap some of the sights, which we can share with you as excellent digital souvenirs of what you see on the night!

As always, we’ll have a good laugh together as we learn and provide hot drinks (and biscuits) to keep you warm.

If the weather doesn’t play ball on the night, your guide will teach you more about the stars from the Star and Nature Hub’s dedicated indoor space, with an engaging and entertaining presentation and discussion about the night’s sky.

Please note that this has already taken place on 13/01/2024


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Large Outdoors

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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.



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