Starry, starry night

One of the things that always amazes visitors to this area is the clear sky at night with so many stars visible to the naked eye. In the crowded UK we are so used to light pollution that many children these days sadly have never seen the stars.

One of my strongest memories as a young child was being fascinated by books at home on navigating by the stars – my father trained as a pilot during the war. I’m ashamed to say that, despite studying Astronomy for one year at university, I’m woefully ignorant about the constellations. Maybe a small telescope would be a useful next addition to the house!

At present it is possible to clearly see Venus, Jupiter  close to the moon – a wonderful sight. Mars  is also visible and really is a reddish colour even to the naked eye!

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