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NEWS RELEASE No: 1561628 AUGUST 2012

A night with the stars in Chambers Farm Wood

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Children using telescopes on a star gazing evening event

With surging interest sparked by Professor Brian Cox's BBC Stargazing Live shows you could be forgiven for thinking that astronomy is the new “rock 'n roll”!

And now, by popular demand, the Forestry Commission has returned with its own truly outward-bound astronomy event in Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby, Lincs, on Saturday 15 September, from 8pm.

Stunning views of distant star clusters and galaxies millions of light years away will be served up by experts using powerful telescopes, while novices will be given a whistle stop tour of the constellations. Eyes will also be peeled for man-made satellites scuttling overhead and even spectacular shooting stars. 

Ranger Hannah Darcel explained:

"All too often light pollution snubs out the beauty of the stars, but 360 hectare Chambers Farm Wood is a dark oasis.  With the nights pulling in but evenings still fairly warm this is a great chance to marvel at celestial wonders like the Milky Way, which shines brightly against the inky black sky. The event has become one of our most popular so the message is book early.”

Places are limited and to reserve you place call 07789 942599 or email cost is £5 per person.  Bring a torch and binoculars if you have them and wrap up warm. There will be a colourful talk indoors before stargazing (weather permitting) gets underway. 

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