Stargazing & Moonwatch
Marvel at the magnificent moon & go stargazing from our Official Dark Sky Discovery Observatory Site.
Date & Time
|Date||Monday 21st January, 2019|
|Time||9:00pm to 11:00pm|
Moonwatchers from 10 to 100 years old will enjoy this experience
If all you bring is yourself and a thirst for knowledge then you'll have fun, but if you can bring the following, that might help:
- a Smartphone
|A family ticket is valid for a group of 2 adults & 2 children.|
Visit Battlesteads Observatory and enjoy an introduction to our closest companion in space - the moon. The moon has been the subject of study by astronomers, artists and poets since humans first gazed up into the sky thousands of years ago.
Moonwatch evenings are specifically aimed at showcasing the moon using our powerful telescopes, although we also do some stargazing too. Our expert team will explain some of the key features of the moon to look for and give you pointers on how to use binoculars to discover hidden lunar gems. You'll learn how to spot:
- The highlands and seas,
- Wrinkle ridges and lunar Rilles,
- Craters and volcanoes
- Apollo lunar landing sites.
- and weather permitting you'll be able to take pictures of the moon through our telescopes with your smartphone - to share on social media with friends and family!
We'll also try to stargaze as much as possible, seeking out double stars, clusters, planets, galaxies and nebulae During the winter months the observatory warm room is kept cosy and with hot drinks available; this simply is the best and most comfortable way to be introduced to the dark starry skies of Northumberland.
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
SUPERMOON ECLIPSE occurs today
At about 2am until about 7am (Sunday night/Monday Morning), there will be a full lunar eclipse. Whilst this doesn't coincide with the timing of this event, you can enjoy the eclipse by booking into the hotel, or just watching it from your own back yard.
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 05:16 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This moon has also been know as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule. This is also the first of three supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
Other Dates & Times
This event type is also running on the following dates & times:
|Wednesday 27th January, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Thursday 28th January, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 30th January, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Sunday 31st January, 2021||7:30pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Tuesday 16th February, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Thursday 18th February, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 20th February, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Sunday 21st February, 2021||7:30pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Wednesday 24th February, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 27th February, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Monday 1st March, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Thursday 18th March, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Sunday 21st March, 2021||7:30pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Wednesday 24th March, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Thursday 25th March, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 27th March, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Sunday 28th March, 2021||8:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
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