The Wonders of Stargazing

Out in the countryside, one of the main perks is the lack of light pollution and your holiday would be a brilliant opportunity for you to take advantage of this.

Laying on a blanket with a loved one and taking in the majesty of the Universe, just think about that. At this point in the year, it is an opportune time to see some truly sparkling stars and proud planets.

On the evening of the 27th of September a clear night would enable you to see a Super Blood Moon eclipse, and Laythams is the place to see it. Saturn is also bright throughout the entirety of September, Venus and Mars will also stand sentient in the night sky.

Print out a star chart before your holiday, and challenge yourself to find the likes of Orion, Cassiopeia, Ursa Major and the Dog Star (Sirius). Tap in to your inner Galileo and see if you can discover the next constellation.

For more avid stargazers, take a telescope and find the nebula in Orion’s belt. Or scan the sky for Saturn and her rings, which are visible with even a small telescope.

Introduce your children to the wonder of Lunar and track the moon as she wanders the night. Can you see the Old Man in the Moon? Can you see the ‘Sea of Showers’, called Mare Imbrium, or see the Mare Nubium, also known as the ‘Sea of Clouds’. Truly, the beauty of their names can only compare to the beauty of their appearance.

And while we think of moon madness, take a look at some of the great craters, called Plato, Atlas and Hercules. It’s so bizarre to have something in sight that many of us will never touch. But man has stood there. Footprints dust the moon. And will do again.

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