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Walking jackets may be ideal for stargazers

Posted 1 November 2011
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Walking jackets may be ideal for stargazers
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Warm walking jackets may be ideal garments for stargazers to wear to stay comfortable on cold winter nights.

This may be particularly true on evenings when there is no cloud cover - something that attracted a number of people outdoors in the Peak District last weekend.

The national park authority declared its first Peak Star Party a success, with the two-night event at Shallow Grange campsite in Chelmorton being blessed with long periods of clear sky, where 80 families stayed and enjoyed the night sky.

Keen stargazers often look to visit the countryside because far more can be seen away from the light pollution in towns and cities.

However, a clear night will usually be colder, meaning warm clothes are needed.

The best place in the whole of Britain for astronomy is officially the Galloway Forest Park, which is the only British location to have been awarded Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Sky Association.