Yorkshire’s Dark Skies Festival February 2017

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Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Park Authorities are teaming up once more to stage a second Dark Skies Festival during February’s half-term school holiday.

The 2017 Festival, which will take place from Saturday 18th until Sunday 26th February 2017

This year’s programme will expand on the 30 events which were held across 13 different locations – stretching from Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales across to Ravenscar on the North York Moors coastline – and included stargazing sessions, guided walks wearing night vision glasses, space-related craft workshops and dark sky art exhibitions.

With their low light pollution, both national parks have some of the darkest skies in the country to embark on a celestial safari and enjoy stargazing.

In February 2016, The Moors National Park Centre at Danby became the latest location in the North York Moors National Park to be identified by the Dark Sky Discovery Initiative as a Milky Way Class site, where skies are sufficiently dark to potentially view the galaxy with the naked eye.

It joined the visitor centre at Sutton Bank and Dalby Forest as other existing Milky Way sites on the North York Moors, while three sites were awarded the same status in 2015 at Hawes, Malham and Buckden in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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