Saturday’s BBC Stargazing Live star party was a spectacular success for the society, with over 500 people travelling from miles around to sample the dark skies of Dalby Forest. Crisp clear skies allowed views of Jupiter, the Moon, and many deep sky delights through a range of telescopes and binoculars, and even the freezing temperatures did not stop the crowds from smiling. One visitor said “I’ve seen Jupiter among other things but that sight of Jupiter though the telescope will stay with me for ever, fantastic.” Twitter feedback included “Back home after a fantastic #StargazingLIVE event at #DalbyForest with @scarbastro brilliant clear skies and a great atmosphere!!!” and “Good clear skies for @scarbastro #BBCStargazing evening @northyorkmoors Dalby forest, saw Jupiter and moons and good views of orion nebula.”
Alongside society members’ telescopes, plenty of families and other keen astronomers set up their own equipment and joined in the fun, with queues forming to catch a glimpse of the wonders of the night sky. Society Honorary President John Harper FRAS did a superb job of keeping the crowds informed of what we were looking at in the sky, the meanings behind constellation and star names from mythology, and gave a naked eye guided tour with his green laser pointer. Inside, activities were set out to keep people entertained and to learn more about the Solar System while they warmed up with a hot drink and a slice of cake. Thank you to all society members who gave up their evening to help at this event. It couldn’t have happened without your contribution. A massive thank you also to the hundreds of people who came along to find out more about the night sky, and the hobby. We hope you went away from Dalby hungry to learn more and we hope to see you at one of our future events.
A reminder that we are throwing the society doors open next week for you to come and learn more about what we do at our annual open evening at Ayton Village Hall. Please come along and talk to us about membership, telescope advice, or simply to find out more about astronomy. We will have local telescope retailer Marcus Grover from Grovers of Northallerton on hand to answer any questions about buying equipment, and a range of telescopes and accessories on sale.
To find out more about this and future events, please visit our calendar.