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Exmoor explorers to see stars

Posted 1 December 2009
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The Exmoor National Park will be staging a night of astronomy at its highest point this month to allow the public to see the stars far away from the glare of city lights.

Dunkery Hill will - weather permitting - offer the chance to enjoy seeing meteors from the Geminid showers on December 12th, being held as part of the 2009 International year of Astronomy.

The event lasts from 18:00 to 20:30 GMT and the authority has said pre-booking (£4 or £1 for concessions) is essential.

Stargazers may benefit from buying some men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing to deal with the cold on what could be a chilly but interesting evening.

Another national park staging such an event is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

It is holding a dark skies night at the National Park Centre, Balmaha from 18:30 to 20:00 GMT on December 8th.

By day, Balmaha is well known as the village marking the fault line between the highlands and the lowlands, with Conic Hill rising up behind it and offering those bringing their walking gear panoramic views across Loch Lomond.

Posted by Elaine Arthur