The Fascination of Astronomy Made Clear

newsYou may have heard that the theme of this year’s Two Moors Festival main two-week event in October is light – a theme that was chosen after artistic director Penny Adie saw the effects of light streaming through some stained glass.

In keeping with this interesting idea – if you’ve got your brochure for this year’s festival, you’ll certainly be impressed by how the different artists have interpreted the theme – a talk is being given at the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster by Douglas Rice, chairman of the Tiverton and Mid Devon Astronomy Society since its foundation in 1985, on the dark skies of Exmoor.

The night skies above this part of the world are the stuff of legend – and were recently designated the very first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe, so you know that it’s one of the best places to go for a spot of star-gazing. If you’re thinking of going, then you might want to head to Brendon Two Gates, Holdstone Hill, County Gate, Haddon Hill, Webbers Post and Wimbleball Lake, all of which are particularly good. On a clear night, you can see lots of astronomical sights just by the naked eye – and you can see a whole lot more with a pair of binoculars.

If astronomy is of interest, you definitely don’t want to miss this revealing talk. It takes place at lunchtime on October 24th, with coffee and shortbread when you get to the hotel and a lunch of chicken chasseur or spinach and ricotta canelloni if you pre-book. Entry is free by ticket only so make sure you phone the festival box office on (01643) 831 006 if you’d like to go.

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