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Forest offers stargazing event

Posted 23 November 2009
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Forest offers stargazing event
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Stargazers hoping to make the most of the dark winter skies are being offered the chance to do so by the Forestry Commission.

The body is holding an event in Nottinghamshire on the night of Saturday, December 5th, when the Sherwood Pines Forest Park will be opened up for an evening of gazing through telescopes at stars and galaxies.

It is expected to be a popular occasion and the public should book ahead, the Commission has said, while also advising people to bring warm clothes to guard against the cold.

Those looking for men's fleeces or women's fleeces to stay warm can visit the nearest Go Outdoors store, which is based in Loughborough.

Education ranger for the park Joanne Broadhead commented: "It can be chilly on a December night but the rewards are wonderfully dark skies that make the stars sparkle like little diamonds."

Earlier this month, Galloway Forest Park in south-west Scotland was listed by the International Dark Sky Association as one of the best places in the world to see the heavens, due to the lack of light pollution with no large towns or cities nearby.

Posted by Brandon Egley