Heavenly; Discover Stargazing 21/10/2014

by on Oct.23, 2014, under Dark Skies, Druridge Bay

Tuesday was our first Druridge Bay Discover Stargazing session and six enthusiastic participants enjoyed views of the Milky Way, the Plough, Cassiopeia, Arcturus, Cygnus, plenty of satellites, and even naked-eye views of the Andromeda Galaxy –  2.5 million light years away, and heading towards us at more than 100 km/s, but light travels at 299792458 m/s so we don’t have to worry about it just yet 😉  Probably the most interesting observation was of a satellite crossing the sky from east to west, almost as bright as the ISS.

So, conclusions from our first Druridge Bay stargazing session;

Even close to the former industrial heartland of Northumberland, and close to the county’s population centre, you can still have a great dark sky experience 🙂

It can quickly turn bone-chillingly cold once it gets dark 😉

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Robin Carmichael

    Great evening stargazing. Martin is knowledgeable, friendly and did everything possible to make sure we got the best out of the experience.
    I can confirm both Martins’ conclusions.


  • martin

    Hi Robin (and June)

    Great to hear you enjoyed it 🙂 Even I was surprised how cold it turned, and I’ve lived up here for 21 years – perhaps the recent mild weather has lulled us into a false sense of security…

  • Charlotte

    We had a very atmospheric and informative experience on the Durridge Bay star gazing trip. Meeting at dusk, as the light faded and the sounds of the nearby roosting geese filled the air, we waited as one by one the stars appeared. We were amazed by the sheer number of visible stars, constellations and satellites that were visible on such a clear night. Martin guided us through the names and formations of the constellations that we saw and we had a very clear view of the Milky Way. It was a very peaceful evening of learning that both children and adults enjoyed and we would definitely do it again. Wrap up warm.

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