We had amazing weather for our third year of star gazing on Troopers Hill - and were able to run the event on the second of the possible evenings. This event was the first we have held since Troopers Hill was officially designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site
Friends of Troopers Hill are very grateful to the volunteers from the Bristol Astronomical Society (BAS) for sharing their knowledge of the stars and planets and the use of their telescopes.
We started with an introduction to the night sky, learning how to find the North Star and work our way round past the Great Square of Pegasus, Cassiopeia, the Pleiades, Aldebaran, the fiery eye of Taurus, Orion, Gemini and back to the Plough (Ursa Major).
Then we were able to walk round the telescopes set up by the Bristol Astronomical Society and take a closer look, including a view of comet Catalina (C/2013 US10).
Towards the end of the evening Jupiter had risen so all telescopes turned in the direction so we could see Jupiter's moons. A wonderful evening.
Visit www.bristolastrosoc.org.uk for other opportunities to join them and learn more about the night sky.
Photos by Kit:
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