Spring Stargazing at Mere Sands Wood

Friday 9th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Holmeswood Road, Rufford, Lancashire, L40 1TG, North West


Description

We 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 how we need to protect 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.

Wrap up warm - stargazing events (especially in February) can be cold, bring binoculars if you have them and also a torch. Don't forget a hat....

This event is only suitable for children aged 10+ who are able to sit and listen to a speaker.

Did you know; from towns and cities we see just a handful of stars, but, when away from light pollution, we could count 2,000 at any one time!

Please book early - places are limited and only available in advance.

The event is held at Mere Sands Wood visitor centre, meeting in the classroom before going outside to see the stars.The visitor centre has literature, toilets and a small shop selling gifts, hot and cold drinks and confectionery. The site is run by The Lancashire Wildlife Trust, who are a local wildlife charity, working to protect wildlife and nature for the future.

OS Grid ref: SD 447 157

Parking: - cost included in the ticket.


Main Car Park is on a 'Pay on exit' camera based system. Please remember to give the organisers your car registration to avoid being charged for car parking.

- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.

- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting


Organiser

This event is being organised by Robert Ince who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!


Bookings

The event will go ahead cloudy or clear with indoor activities if the weather is inclement. Please book by the Eventbrite booking system

Go to the organiser's web page for this event


Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

Location darkness on Friday 9th February 2018

The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve on the evening of this event. Yellow areas show when the skies are not dark due to daylight (bold yellow) and moonlight (faded yellow). Click on the image for an explanation on how darkness is determined.


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