Friday 18 February (possibility of rescheduling to Saturday 19 February depending on weather/cloud cover): 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm Lough Navar Forest, Aghameelan Viewpoint
Friday 18 February (possibility of rescheduling to Saturday 19 February depending on weather/cloud cover): 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Lough Navar Forest, Aghameelan Viewpoint
Suitability: Families (Children must be aged 10+ and be accompanied by an adult)
Booking essential via www.cuilcaghlakelands.org
Welcome to the Dark Side!
To celebrate the Northern Ireland Science Festival, come and see the glorious sights of the night sky at one of the darkest sky sites in Northern Ireland.
Join well-known amateur astronomer Terry Moseley, of the Irish Astronomical Association on another Dark Sky Safari in the pristine dark skies of Lough Navar Forest on Friday 18 February 2022 (possibility of rescheduling to Saturday 19 February 2022 depending on weather/cloud cover).
Well away from any artificial ‘light pollution’, see and learn about the best-known constellations, such as Orion the Mighty Hunter, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, and Ursa Major the Great Bear, containing the well-known Plough, and how to find the North Star. See our own galaxy, the glorious Milky Way, and some of its most fascinating highlights, such as the beautiful star cluster, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters; the Orion Nebula, where stars and planets are being born as we watch; the Red Supergiant Betelgeuse which is bigger that the orbit of the Earth round the Sun and which will one day end its life in a stupendous supernova explosion and beautiful double stars. Looking beyond the realms of the Milky Way, spot the giant Andromeda Galaxy, containing about 300 thousand million stars, and which is 2.5 million light years away – the most distant thing you can see with just your own eyes.
Bring binoculars if you have or borrow a pair, although some pairs will also be provided for use. We will also have a telescope if conditions are suitable, but the main theme of the event will be to learn and enjoy what you can see with just your own eyes.
We want to avoid artificial light as much as possible, so please – NO white light torches or headlamps, particularly not LED ones! But do bring a red torch, such as for a bicycle rear light, to see your way around; red light is OK, it doesn’t affect your night vision. Please arrive on time – if you come late, your car headlights will ruin the view for everyone for the next 20 minutes!
Please ensure you wear sturdy footwear and warm waterproof clothing.
If you notice you or anyone in your group experiencing any potential Covid-19 symptoms as per the Public Health Agency Guidelines, then please do not attend.
Visit: https://cuilcaghlakelands.org/event/dark-skies-at-lough-navar-part-of-nisf/ for more information
(Friday) 7:30 pm
Lough Navar Forest
Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark