Ambersham Polo Grounds
Selham, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU28 0PR
Venture on a fascinating guided night sky tour with local astronomer Dr John Mason MBE, who will highlight some of the brighter stars, familiar and unfamiliar constellations, myths and legends of the stars, the Moon and visible planets, satellites, shooting stars and much more. Cowdray lies within the South Downs National Park, an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect place to understand more of what occurs in the skies above us.
Dr John Mason MBE’s ‘living planetarium’ night-time tour uses the real night sky as an outdoor star theatre. We recommend bringing binoculars (if you have them), wrapping up warm and wearing sensible footwear. Hot drinks will be served during the experience.
Please note that this event is weather-dependent. If visibility is deemed unsuitable for stargazing, we hope that the experience will take place on the reserved date of Tuesday, 24th October, although this is subject to the weather forecast.
Please note that this has already taken place on 20/11/2023
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.
Mon 20th Nov
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.