Shooting Star Supper
Discover the origins of a shooting star whilst enjoying a tasty supper from Battlesteads restaurant.
Date & Time
|Date||Saturday 18th November, 2023|
|Time||9:00pm to 11:00pm|
8 years and over.
If the skies clear and are ready for a great shooting star show, then you'll need to keep warm. If you want to try to photograph a meteor then bring your tripod and DSLR for some top tips.
|A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.|
Shooting stars can be seen at any time of the year at Battlesteads Observatory, so when you're visiting us it's always best to be looking up. Shooting Star Suppers are planned on the dates of regular meteor showers every year. Battlesteads Observatory is the number one location in Northumberland to enjoy a shooting star supper in style; a perfect combination of award winning, locally sourced food and the dark skies of Northumberland.
The evening begins in the restaurant with one of our superb freshly made sandwiches, and homemade soup, (be sure to tell us of any dietary requirements when you book.) Then the team will take you up to the observatory to start the astronomy part of the evening. You'll be shown and be able to handle museum quality meteorites, be given an introduction on how to use binoculars properly and (weather permitting) use the observatory's powerful telescopes for stargazing. During your observatory visit, you'll be treated to an explanation of the origins of shooting stars, meteors, comets, asteroids and learn how to collect micrometeorites in your own back garden.
Using our 14 inch diameter large aperture telescope, dobsonians and binoculars our team will guide you around some of the fantastic wonders of the universe that can be seen from the dark skies of Northumberland and we'll settle down to watch the celestial firework show, (deckchairs are available to sit on too!) If you'd like to learn a little bit about how to image shooting stars with a DSLR camera, our team will be on hand to give you some top tips.
During the winter months the observatory warm room is kept cosy and with free hot drinks available all year round; this simply is the best and most comfortable way to be introduced to the dark starry skies of Northumberland and the universe beyond.
It's important to note that most meteor showers fully peak after midnight and so, if the skies are clear you'll get the best out of the event if you're able to stay up late - why not book into one of the hotel's rooms?
All our events also include the chance to handle and investigate our extensive meteorite collection, which includes pieces of asteroids, the Moon and planet Mars.
As of yet, we're unable to control the weather, so observing the skies can only go ahead if it's clear but you'll be pleased to know that all events go ahead in any weather conditions.
Event Specific Information
The Leonids is a shower, producing an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak, and is unique in that it has an additional peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Leonids can be unpredictable so there is still potential for a good show. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Other Dates & Times
This event type is also running on the following dates & times:
|Saturday 7th October, 2023||7:30pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 21st October, 2023||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Wednesday 13th December, 2023||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Thursday 14th December, 2023||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Friday 22nd December, 2023||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Wednesday 3rd January, 2024||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Sunday 21st April, 2024||9:30pm||View Details||Book Now|