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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.

Stargazing on Exmoor

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?