Friday, October 14, 2011

Stargazing for Beginners at Ennerdale

We've all been out on the hills during the day and looked up at the vast expanse of sky above us, but have you ever wondered what it looks like at night? Away from the hustle and bustle of urban lights? Well now you can!

Organised by the Friends of the Lake District, "Stargazing for Beginners" is coming to Ennerdale on Monday 17th October. Hosted by Stuart Atkinson from Kendal's Eddington Astronomical Society, the talk is all about what can be seen at night, when it can be seen and how you can see the stars. Stuart will also delve into how light pollution is affecting our ability to see stars that otherwise we should be able to see.

Obviously as our population grows, the need for housing increases which means the expantion of already existing settlements and the creation of new ones, which all adds to the problem of light pollution. In a campaign directed by Protect Rural England (CPRE) it was found that people living with light pollution has increased from 54% in 2007 to 59% in 2011. I think a lot of people accept that it doesn't always neccasarily affect our day to day mindset or routine, but when you actually go out into the country, look up and find yourself able to see everything up there, part of you does wish that the problem of light pollution wasn't so widespread.

If you fancy a fun and informative view of the mysterious sky above the meeting point for the talk is Bowness Car Park at 6.30pm.

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