The largest Star Party in the UK is taking place near our holiday parks in Norfolk from the 30th September to the 3rd October and is expected to attract hundreds of astronomers.
The LAS Equinox Sky Camp will feature talks by experts, stalls containing second-hand astronomy gear for sale, a telescope tour and, of course, star gazing!
The dark skies over Kelling, where the event is being held, are perfect for viewing objects in the sky that are otherwise impossible to see in areas containing high levels of light pollution.
The dates of the party also coincide with a time when the moon will not interfere with the stargazing, as it is nature’s very own source of light pollution.
Speaking of the event, Graham Sparrow, spokesman for the Norwich Astronomical Society said:
“I will be using the largest of the scopes I’m taking to view deep sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies, some of which are so distant that we see them as they were before human life existed on this earth, so long has their light taken to reach us.
“On a clear night (always hopeful of getting at least one) one can sit out until dawn seeing wonder after wonder and still know that one has seen but a fraction of what is out there.”
While people bring along with their telescopes, the friendly, social atmosphere means those without equipment will be able to share with those who have it, as well as learn about the wonders of the night sky from others in attendance.
If you are interested in attending the event, full details can be found at the following website: http://las-skycamp.org/index.php.