You may have noticed something pretty interesting going on in the skies this week – the annual Perseid meteor shower has been passing overhead and we here at the Two Moors Festival have had an amazing view, all thanks to the beautiful Devon countryside in which we live.
Towards the end of last year, the Exmoor National Park was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, the second in the world and the first of its kind in the whole of Europe. This means that our little corner of the world boasts some of the best night skies to be found anywhere and joins the likes of the island of Sark and Galloway Forest in Scotland.
Lighting controls have been put in place to make sure that man-made light doesn’t spoil the view for stargazers coming to Exmoor – which is great news for any of you thinking of following up August’s meteor shower with one of the others taking place this year.
Make your way to deepest, darkest Devon for October 20th, November 17th or December 13th and you’ll be in with a shot of seeing the Orionids, Leonids and Geminids shoot their way across the sky.
We hope to see you there!
Did you see any of the August meteors this year?
- Stargazing during the Perseid Meteor Shower (jaymanalo.wordpress.com)
- Perseid Meteor Shower Wows Weekend Stargazers (space.com)
- Meteor shower peak: Perseids give stargazers 2 shining nights (rt.com)
- Britain’s best stargazing spots: A night on the stellar (mirror.co.uk)