The nights are beginning to draw in but at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park’s Muirshiel Centre, this is a good thing as it hails the return of stargazing season! The first event will take place on Friday evening, 24th October from 19.00 – 21.00 hrs. There will then be one evening each month until March 2015.
Muirshiel Country Park, Renfrewshire’s darkest sky, is a remote woodland oasis in the middle of an expanse of dark moorland, accessed only by a 3 mile single track road. Just perfect for stargazing nights! Glare from towns and cities is the enemy of keen astronomers, impinging the view of constellations, planets, passing satellites and other phenomena.
The events are hosted in collaboration with staff from the Coats Observatory in Paisley who generously provide valuable expertise and insight. The staff bring a fantastically powerful telescope along to help the viewing members of the public get up close and personal with the night sky.
Evenings have increased in popularity over the last 3 years much to the delight of our partners Coats Observatory. The Observatory Officer with Renfrewshire Arts and Museums, John Pressly, has often commented when visiting Muirshiel that he needs to ‘get his eye in again’ as so many more stars become visible compared with the sky above Paisley.
On each evening the Visitor Centre shop will be open with plentiful supplies of tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as galactic themed gifts and books. If planning to attend please bring binoculars if you have them and remember to wrap up warm – if it is a clear night it will be cold outside. Book your FREE place now by calling 01505 842 882 Ex 20. If the weather is not suitable for outdoor stargazing there will be an indoor presentation.
Muirshiel Country Park is located in the hills above Lochwinnoch, in Renfrewshire, just 5 miles away from Castle Semple Visitor Centre and is the home of Windy Hill and the rare raptor the Hen Harrier. For more details on these and all other events please visit www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk