Star gazing event at Sutton Bank




Experience the wonders of the night sky at a star-gazing event on Saturday 1 October 2011 at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

Booking is advisable for the event which starts at 6pm and costs £3 for adults and £1.50 for children aged 5 and over.

The centre’s café will be open until 8pm serving hot drinks and snacks.

Experts from York Astronomical Society will be giving two illustrated talks on the night at 6.30pm and 8pm.

The society’s telescopes will be available for the public to use or people can bring their own telescope and get tips on how to use it.

Society members will also be on hand to advise participants on how to go about buying a telescope.

With good weather conditions on 1 October, those who arrive at sundown will get the chance to see the crescent moon just before it sets and as it begins to get darker, the stars of the summer triangle will appear overhead.

Once the sky is properly dark, the planet Jupiter will be seen rising in the east and all four of its large major moons should also be visible. There will also be many open clusters and double stars to see.

Martin Whillock, Honorary Secretary at York Astronomical Society, said: “With a telescope and the right weather conditions, the night sky can be a magical thing to observe and the conditions around Sutton Bank, with its low light pollution, are ideal for getting some excellent views. Come well wrapped up and join us for what promises to be a very exciting evening.”

For more information or to book, call 01439 772738.

The event is organised by York Astronomical Society with the support of the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre is on the A170 between Thirsk and Helmsley.

 

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