Wallops Wood is located in the heart of the South Downs which is also a designated International Dark Sky Reserve. This means we’re incredibly fortunate to have little light pollution and skies dark enough for some amazing stargazing 🌟 🛸
The South Downs Dark Skies Festival is held annually to celebrate these dark skies, and is being held between 12-28 February. This year’s annual festival is focusing on the personal experience of the night skies where you live. It also covers the constellations, history and folklore, and the nocturnal wildlife that depends on our dark skies. They are also looking at the impact of stargazing on our mental wellbeing. You can find out more about the festival here and how you can get involved.
Stars in Your Eyes
A clear night here at Wallops Wood makes it a magical place to be. Sit out on your patio and watch the night skies, or even better, gaze as star as the eye can see from the warmth of your hot tub! If you’re really keen to explore the night sky, bring a telescope so you can see so much more – the kids will be starry eyed in no time 🤩
The winter months bringing longer nights tend to be a better time for stargazing, but it’s a worthwhile experience on a clear night at any time of year. Just gazing at the stars in wonder is a very special experience and connects us more with nature and our beginnings. It helps us remember that there are much bigger things in life than we can ever imagine! This can help relieve us from some of the more trivial worries we may have in our lives.
Go Star Crazy!
There are plenty of resources to learn more about the planets, the constellations we can see in the skies and our solar system. Check out Go Stargazing for more information and events you can take part in.
If those starry nights have got you going and want to find out more about astronomy, the Sky at Night magazine has a great article, How to get into Astronomy in 10 Easy Lessons!