21/06/2017

Mid Summer Night's Dream

Starlit Black Mountain in Brecon Beacons National Park

June 21, the longest day of the year and this year looks like it could be hottest day of the year so far. If you can’t sleep tonight why not book a trip to the dark skies in Brecon Beacons National Park. There are plenty of places with very little light pollution, perfect for stargazing and many offer star guides and binoculars or telescopes, then all you need is a deckchair (stargazing is a waiting game so get comfortable) and time to watch the night sky.

Here's what’s happening for the rest of the year …

July 3 the Earth is at its Aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun, always about 2 weeks after the June solstice. On January 3 the Earth is at its Perihelion, the nearest point to the sun. From ancient Greek, apo means far, peri means near and helios means the Sun.

August 7/8 there will be a partial lunar eclipse – if conditions are right we may see this just before 9pm.

August 9-13 watch for Perseid meteor shower, these shooting stars can easily be seen with the naked eye.

October 8 watch for the Draconid meteor shower which should be visible just before dark.

October 21/22 watch for the Orionid meteor shower which peaks overnight.

November 17/18 watch for the Leonid meteor shower which peaks overnight.

December 3 a supermoon, when the moon is closest to earth and appears nearly 14% bigger.

December 13/14 watch for Geminid meteor shower which peaks overnight and a small crescent moon could make excellent viewing conditions for shooting stars.

So lots of opportunities to stargaze from midsummer to midwinter. Some of our cottages are amazing for stargazing

Starlit Black Mountain in Brecon Beacons National Park