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Stargaze in Eastbourne’s Out of This World Night Sky during the Dark Skies Festival

21 February 2018

Free stargazing returns to the Redoubt Fortress on Saturday 24 February as the popular astronomical evening gives stargazers the chance to witness incredible constellations during a celebration of the Dark Skies Festival.

Stargazing at Redoubt Fortress By Mark Jarvis


After the South Downs National Park was awarded the status of an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016, East Sussex has gained a reputation as one of the best places to spot stars thanks to the protected night skies. Celebrating the UK’s dark skies, the National Dark Skies Festival from 9-25 February is encouraging people to discover, enjoy and learn more about the dark skies and stars you can see as a result.

In this month’s stargazing session, there is no shortage of stars as visitors will be taught how to examine giant constellations, The Plough, Orion and Taurus. Stargazers will get the chance to see the Orion Nebulae, a misty patch of light which has taken over 1000 years to reach us, and the Pleiades star cluster. With the unaided eye only seven bright stars can usually be seen, but thanks to the Eastbourne Astronomical Society’s telescopes there will be the chance to see some of the 1,400 stars in the group.

Run by Eastbourne Astronomical Society from 6 – 8pm, entry is free and stargazers can take a peek through the telescopes provided. There will be the opportunity to listen to an expert talk at 6.15pm called ‘The Universe’ which gives an idea of what can be seen in the sky with large telescopes. After an insightful evening, visitors will be able to take home a free pocket guide to the night sky.

All stargazing events are free and children are very welcome. The Outpost café will be open for hot drinks and stargazers are encouraged to wrap up warm. Stargazing also returns to the fortress for a final winter astronomical showing on 24 March.

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