Night sky

UK Star Gazing

Light pollution in the UK
Credit: Need-Less
 

There are many remote locations around the British Isles that allow us to see the night sky in its full glory, especially in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. However, the top ten star-gazing locations, as suggested by the Guardian Newspaper, are as follows:

 


Lunar Month


Weather

Weather Station
The LT Weather Station
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It is important to keep an eye on the weather when observing, so the Liverpool Telescope has its own Weather Station. The station tells the robotic telescope when it is ok to observe, and when it should close to prevent damage to its electronic and optical systems.


Light Pollution

Light Pollution near Wickham, Essex
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Light pollution, or sky-glow, is caused by street lighting in urban areas escaping upwards into the night sky and creating a hazy orange glow that can obscure our view of the stars.