The Skies of Prehistory at Butser Ancient Farm

The Skies of Prehistory at Butser Ancient Farm

Saturday 17th February 2024 from 10:00am to 16:00pm

Butser Ancient Farm
Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hampshire, PO8 0BG

Visit Butser Ancient Farm to discover more about ancient astronomy and celestial navigation as part of the South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival.

Journey through time and discover how ancient explorers were the first astronomers! Explore ancient voyages and the night sky on our brand-new family trail and navigate from Stone Age homes to Saxon halls via the Bronze Age, Iron Age and our Roman Villa as you follow the clues in the night sky!

In addition to the other activities on site (see below), our Roundhouse will become home to a pop-up planetarium for an immersive experience; ‘The Skies of Prehistory’ with skyscape archaeologist Dr Fabio Silva from Bournemouth University.

To celebrate the South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival, we’re getting starry all week. Gather round our Standing Stone for talks on ancient astronomy, enjoy stories about the stars round the fire in our Great Roundhouse, and follow our all-new family trail on your adventures around the farm.

Discover astronomy from ancient star maps to modern solar scopes, plus metalworking demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more!

This event takes place as part of the South Downs Dark Skies Festival 2024.

Please note that this has already taken place on 17/02/2024

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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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    Upwaltham, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0LX (14.4 miles away)

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