Tan Hill Inn
Reeth, Richmond, DL11 6ED
Enjoy a family friendly weekend of stargazing at the Tan Hill Inn, an event taking place as the official “Starcamp” for the Yorkshire Dales and part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2019.
Join enthusiastic and experienced astronomers from Go Stargazing who will guide you around the fabulous dark skies above this light-pollution free location set in a remote but accessible part of the Yorkshire. Immerse yourself in a sky full of stars with the Milky Way arching across from one horizon to the other all while exploring star clusters, nebulae and galaxies using large, powerful telescopes.
The event starts on the Friday evening with a presentation aimed at beginners offering a colourful introduction to astronomy and then heading outside for a laser guided tour of the skies and stargazing if weather permits. If the weather is poor there’ll be an indoor “virtual” tour of the night sky where you will learn how to navigate the constellations and find objects of interest.
Saturday will be action packed starting with a bottle rocket competition! Spend the morning constructing your rocket and then set it off from the launchpad at the Tan Hill Cosmodrome. Also on Saturday if the Sun is shining it will be possible to safely observe our closest star in amazing detail using a special solar telescope. Saturday evening will include another astronomy related presentation and then (hopefully!) some more stargazing and live music offering indoor respite.
Prior booking for this event is required with tickets available from the Skiddle website. Please contact Tan Hill Inn separately if you would like to book a room or stay in their bunk barn. Overnight camping and caravans for a small fee payable when you get there.
Please note that this event has already taken place on 01/03/2019
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 1st Mar
Sat 2nd Mar
Sun 3rd Mar
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.