Stargazing night in Forest of Bowland

Stargazing. Picture by Ian Glendinning
Stargazing. Picture by Ian Glendinning
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Can you tell Orion’s Belt from the Great Bear? Do you know what the dark patches on the moon are? If the answer is no, then the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has just the event for you next week.

As part of this year’s Festival Bowland programme, an event entitled “Bowland’s Night Sky” will be led by astronomer Peter Wade on Friday March 27th at 7-30pm.

The lack of large settlements within the Forest of Bowland means there is much less light pollution than urban areas, offering more opportunity to marvel at the stars and planets on a clear night.

The evening will start indoors with a beginner’s guide to the stars and planets, how to recognise them and what to look out for. Weather permitting, keen stargazers will then head out to a spot on the edge of the moors to scan the night skies.

Places are £3 and warm clothes and a torch are needed. Email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk or call the AONB office on 01200 448000.