Find out more about stargazing in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park

Develop your knowledge with the help of local astronomical societies and online resources, or visit a planetarium. 

Find out more online...

There is a fabulous wealth of resources online to help you learn about our night sky. Here are just a few examples:

www.darksky.org
www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/science/space
astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos
www.nasa.gov
formilab.ch/earthview/planet.html
formilab.ch/yoursky
www.esa.int/ESA

www.globeatnight.org
http://www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk/activities_projects.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2pZFdnsPGl1DDwH6pZbJKkh/guides-downloads
www.skymaps.com

Click here to download the BBC Two Stargazing Live Event Pack as a pdf
Click here to download the Brecon Beacons National Park Dark Sky Wales Guide to the Night Sky as a pdf
 

Meet new friends!

The astronomical societies in Mid and South Wales, in and around our Dark Sky Reserve, run events all year round. They are also a great source of advice on stargazing and equipment.


Heads of the Valleys Astronomical Society

Meetings: Third Friday of the month, 7–9pm
Venue: Learning Action Centre, James Street, Ebbw Vale NP23 6JG
Contact: Mike Thomas 01495 301065, contact_us@hovastronomy.org.uk
Website: www.hovastronomy.org.uk
Events: Regular observing sessions at the Blorenge, Blaenavon

Abergavenny Astronomy Society

Meetings: Middle and last Monday of the month, 7.20–9pm
Venue: The King’s Head Public House, Abergavenny NP7 5EU
Contact: Nick Busby, observing@abergavennyas.org.uk
Website: www.abergavennyas.org.uk
Events:  Regular observing sessions at the Blorenge, Blaenavon

Usk Astronomical Society

Meetings: Every Thursday during school term, 7–9pm
Venue: Usk Community Education Centre, Maryport Street, Usk NP15 1AE
Contact: Dave Thomas, info@uskastronomicalsociety.org.uk
Website: www.uskastronomicalsociety.org.uk
Events:  Regular observing sessions at Usk Observatory

Cardiff Astronomical Society

Meetings: First and third Thursday, 7–9pm
Venue: Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA
Contact: Robert Jones Secretary@cardiff-astronomical-society.co.uk
Website: www.cardiff-astronomical-society.co.uk
Events: Regular observing sessions at Duffryn Gardens and the National Park Visitor Centre

Swansea Astronomical Society

Meetings: Second and fourth Thursday, 7–9pm
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Fulton House, University of Wales, Swansea SA2 8PP
Contact: Dr Steve Wainwright, contact@swanastro.org.uk
Website: www.swanastro.org.uk
Events: Regular observing sessions at Fairwood Observatory and the National Park Visitor Centre

Spaceguard Centre & Observatory

Open for visitors 1 May – 30 September, daily, 10am–4pm
Venue: The Spaceguard Centre, Llanshay Lane, Knighton, Powys LD7 1LW
Contact: Jay Tate, mail@spaceguarduk.com
Website: www.spaceguarduk.com

 

Visit a planetarium

  • Take a Star Tour in the Digital Planetarium at Techniquest (www.techniquest.org), Cardiff Bay
  • Discover the stars with Stellarium (www.stellarium.org), a free online planetarium that can help you navigate the night sky