Sutton Bank Star Hub
Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EX
The constellation of Orion will dominate this star party on a dark, moonless night.
To the ancient Greeks, he was a hunter, and this majestic presence in the south sky harbours wonders, including a great nebula where stars are born. We’ll also take a trip around the other great sky patterns of winter and keep an eye on the planet Mars, still riding high.
The Hub provides a warm indoor space and a perfect viewing area. The North York Moors National Park is an international dark sky reserve because of its 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!
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.
Sat 14th Jan
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Below is a list of events at Sutton Bank Star Hub. View these events on a calendar.