Moonwatch & Stargazing
Marvel at the magnificent moon from our Official Dark Sky Discovery Observatory Site.
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
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. 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.
Dates & Times
This event type is running on the following dates & times:
|Tuesday 20th November, 2018||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Monday 26th November, 2018||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Wednesday 28th November, 2018||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 15th December, 2018||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Tuesday 18th December, 2018||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 22nd December, 2018||9:00pm||View Details||Book Now|
|Saturday 19th January, 2019||9:00pm||View Details|
|Monday 21st January, 2019||9:00pm||View Details|
Explore the the ethereal Northern Lights, discover how to predict them and where to see & photograph them.
In addition to a brilliant evening of stargazing fun, bring your own telescope to get some hands-on advice.