AS the skies darken and night falls, all eyes will be turning skywards at Dove Stone reservoir later this month.
Visitors to the Saddleworth beauty spot will be able to explore the night sky with a planet watching and constellation spotting evening.
This Friday, December 16, from 4pm to 11pm, the RSPB will be opening up their viewing area next to DovestoneSailing Club for star-gazers.
And two night sky walks around the reservoir’s main trail are also being organised.
For those who prefer to do their star-spotting from inside the warmth of the sailing club, then ‘Astro-Activity Bases could be the answer.
Visitors will be able to investigate the size of the universe, check out the virtual observatory, and try their hand at astro-photography. There’s also the chance to find out a bit more about stargazing kit in a telescope demonstration and advice session.
Rachel Downham, Dovestone’s community engagement officer, said: “Dove Stone is a great place at night, when visitors can contemplate the night sky.
“Whether that’s looking at well-known constellations like Orion or the Plough, or admiring the beauty of Jupiter’s moons.
“Who knows, we might even see a meteorite or two, as our evening coincides with the Geminids meteor shower.”
To reserve a place please contact Rachel on 07825 022636 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org