Winter stargazing - the stars of Orion
Join one of our science experts, Rod, on a dark night's constellation spotting around Stonehenge. Here Rod shows us how to spot the stars of Orion. If you'd like to discover more he'll also talk you through 'Orion's companions' and 'Auriga, Gemini and the Winter Hexagon'.
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The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. Whether you're an expert or a first-timer we hope you'll enjoy stargazing at our suggested spots across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Stargazing for families
The night sky is constantly changing, depending on the time of year and the time of night. Winter is a great time to start your stargazing adventures for many reasons. It gets dark early enough for even the youngest of children to witness the stars. Here are a few things to look out for.
Most people can’t help feeling a sense of awe when they see a starry sky. That said, stargazing does require a bit of patience and some children might need a little help to see why sitting around on a cold dark night, looking up, is fun. Here are a few incredible facts to help bring the sky at night alive for your family.
You don’t need a telescope. You don’t even need binoculars. On a clear night there are a lot of exciting things to be seen with the naked eye. That said, there are a few bits and pieces that will make your stargazing adventure all the more enjoyable.
My favourite spot for stargazing is Penbryn beach on the Ceredigion Coast.