Journey to our nearest galaxy! Stargazing at Sutton Bank

Journey to our nearest galaxy! Stargazing at Sutton Bank

Saturday 5th October 2024 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

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

A stunning night is promised as we set off on a quest to help you locate our nearest major galaxy for yourself. We’ll hand around binoculars and use laser pointers to illuminate the path to the amazing Andormeda Galaxy! And there’s more. Saturn is well placed with its rings slowly closing up. And Jupiter may even peak above the trees late on. Together with the Milky Way, colourful stars and the odd meteor or two it adds up to a heavenly feast!

The Hub provides a warm indoor space for colourful presentations with a purpose built viewing area alongside. If it’s cloudy we will still see stars thanks to a brilliant computer based planetarium show.

The North York Moors National Park is an international dark sky reserve with low levels of light pollution. We advise you to wear sensible outdoor footwear and wrap up warm. Bring binoculars if you have them, although we will supply the telescopes and have plenty of astro binoculars for you to try!


Event organiser

Richard Darn

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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.



Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at Sutton Bank Star Hub. View these events on our calendar, add them to your calendar or Google Calendar.

  • Dark Skies Return! Stargazing at Sutton Bank

    Saturday 31st August 2024 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

    Sutton Bank Star Hub, Thirsk, YO7 2EX

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  • Saturn returns and the Moon rises! Stargazing at Sutton Bank

    Saturday 21st September 2024 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

    Sutton Bank Star Hub, Thirsk, YO7 2EX

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  • Journey to our nearest galaxy! Stargazing at Sutton Bank

    Saturday 5th October 2024 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Sutton Bank Star Hub, Thirsk, YO7 2EX

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  • Solar System Night! Stargazing at Sutton Bank

    Saturday 19th October 2024 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

    Sutton Bank Star Hub, Thirsk, YO7 2EX

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  • Dark Skies Experience at Sutton Bank

    Friday 25th October 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

    Sutton Bank Star Hub, Thirsk, YO7 2EX

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  • Dark Skies Experience at Sutton Bank

    Saturday 26th October 2024 from 18:45pm to 21:45pm

    Sutton Bank Star Hub, Thirsk, YO7 2EX

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