A new guide to some of the most beautiful stargazing spots in the UK

By: High50

Stargazing is experiencing a surge in popularity, thanks in part to lockdown, when staring at the night sky from our back gardens was one of the few experiences open to us. The British Astronomical Association has reported a sharp rise in the number of people getting in touch and using their online resources to find out more about the hobby. Which as why the publication of this new book on the best places in the UK to observe the night sky is well timed.

The Dark Skies of Britain and Ireland is the perfect resource for anyone wanting to explore the night sky – and some beautiful countryside down here on Earth.  It is packed with practical information for the beginner and experienced stargazer alike, with chapters on what to spot in the night sky, mythology and folklore in the stars and a guide to nocturnal wildlife.

The author, Tiffany Francis-Baker says: ‘Stargazing is one of the easiest ways to connect with the natural world, no matter who you are or where you live. Looking up at the night sky is great for our mental health and our wider appreciation of our place within the universe. Britain and Ireland are home to some of the most beautiful stargazing spots in the world, and it was such a pleasure to gather these special places up and share them with a wider audience through this new travel guide. You don’t need a fancy telescope or years of expert knowledge to appreciate the stars – just look up, and enjoy.

If you are interested in photographing the night sky, here’s a useful guide on astrophotography from www.telescopeguide.org.