Star Gazing in the Brecon Beacons
Do you know your Uranus from your Milky Way? And that’s not an anatomical question. Wherever you are in the world, there will always be stars in the night sky above. Star gazing never fails to inspire people no matter your age whether 10 or 110! Whether it be a solitary star or a shooting star flying across the night sky – that sense of wonder never diminishes.
And stars are not the only attraction – there are planets, comets and galaxies too. Most have been in the skies above for millions and millions of years, which is part of the appeal for stargazers, amateurs and enthusiasts alike.
Why the Brecon Beacons National Park for Star Gazing
Most visitors come to the Park for the wilderness feel and wild outdoor experience. This is enhanced by the big skies we have in the Park. Why should this experience and enjoyment end when the sun goes down? Big dark skies open spaces with no light pollution are all part of the outdoor experience that is the Brecon Beacons. The sky at night should be as a much a part of your visit as the daytime activities.
Particularly easy to spot in the UK’s winter skies is Orion, a constellation also known as the Hunter, thanks to three bright stars in a row which form Orion’s “belt. Would you know how to find the North Star? Where to find the Great Bear, and it’s not in a zoo!
What We Offer
Visit our centre in the Brecon Beacons with no light pollution to observe the night sky. Either bring your own telescopes, binoculars or just use the naked eye to view the big skies we regularly experience. With one of our staff talking you through what can be seen illustrated with star charts and a small planetarium.