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Un­cover the mys­tery of the night sky

If the thought of short­en­ing days is mak­ing you feel gloomy, why not wel­come win­ter in­stead with a in­ter­ga­lac­tic moun­tain pick-me-up?

Imag­ine the most daz­zling night sky, re­vealed in all its won­der far away from the near­est light pol­lu­tion on a lonely hill­side. With head craned back, end­less new stars and plan­ets re­veal them­selves. You find your­self so awestruck by in­fi­nite dis­cov­er­ies, you’re trans­ported to a new world of your own and at the same time firmly grounded by your own in­signif­i­cance in the vast­ness of the uni­verse. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence that never fails to thrill.

Best viewed from our wild and remote places, the UK’s Na­tional Parks are lit­tered with Dark Sky sites and re­serves where light and air pol­lu­tion are at their low­est. Choose the cold, crisp nights for the most clar­ity, and be­fore you set off down­load an app such as Google Sky Map which will help you iden­tify par­tic­u­lar con­stel­la­tions. Once out, you’ll need to give your eyes at least 20 min­utes to ad­just to the dark­ness. Use a red light or cover your head­torch with red pa­per if you need some il­lu­mi­na­tion.

And if you want to cel­e­brate the ce­les­tial with fel­low star-gaz­ers, then head over to the North Pen­nines Stargaz­ing Fes­ti­val, from 20 Oc­to­ber to 4 Novem­ber, for a fort­night of fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

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