Birkdale Farm - Mowthorpe
Terrington, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 6QE
Join us for an exciting stargazing evening near the beautiful village of Terrington. It’s being hosted by Birkdale Farm as part of a new dark skies project by the Howardian Hills Partnership to promote and protect our precious nocturnal environment. And it’s also one of the amazing events headlining the North Yorkshire Dark Sky Festival – the biggest in the UK!
Did you know that light pollution means that over 80% of people in the UK can no longer see the Milky Way? But we can and lots of other wonders too because of low light pollution.
We’ll have a colourful beginner’s introduction to stargazing and explain why it’s important we keep our dark skies for wildlife as well as people.
Telescopes and binoculars will also be at the ready so we can share views of the heavens given clear conditions. Even if it’s cloudy we will use a special planetarium programme to take you on an unforgettable cosmic journey.
And there’ll be refreshments and delicious cakes and buns.
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.
Fri 9th Feb
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
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