What to Look for in the Dark Winter Skies

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During the winter, the night skies are visible for longer periods of time, and for those of us who enjoy looking up at the night sky, this is a real treat. These long dark winter nights are a great opportunity to go out and see the many stars and planets that light up the dark sky on a winter’s evening.

There are great places to go in order to see the wonders of the sky at night – head outdoors to a place that is far from the towns and the cities, or to one of the six national parks in the UK that have been awarded International Dark sky reserve status – these are Northumberland, Exmoor the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, the South Downs and the Brecon Beacons.

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Of course, when you are stargazing on a winter’s night you are going to need to make sure that you are warm and comfortable – warm clothing like this merino wool sweater women and men can wear, as well as a supply of hot drinks and warm socks will keep you cosy as you watch the stars.

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There are lots of constellations that can be seen over the UK in the winter. The Plough and Orion are both good ones for beginners to spot, as well as Cassiopea, the Pleiades and of course Persius.

On a clear night with no light pollution, you will also be able to see the Andromeda Galaxy even with the naked eye as long as you have a clear sky and have adapted your eyes to the dark.

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