Perseid Shooting Stars at Hengistbury Head

Perseid Shooting Stars at Hengistbury Head

Saturday 12th August 2023 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4EN, South West

Join the team from Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre for an evening of stargazing in collaboration with the Parks Foundation.

Streaking meteors, the Milky Way, and Saturn should all be visible at the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Joining you will be Bill Coombes, a Licensed Radio Amateur and NASA Ambassador. Bill will bring radio equipment to help us detect and hear the meteors even if some clouds appear.

Bring a picnic chair or roll mat to relax, look up at the sky, and a blanket to keep warm. The cost for adults is only £2, and children under 16 go free.

Please note that this has already taken place on 12/08/2023

Event booking

Please reserve your space for this event via the Evenbrite 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.

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