Spend a night with the stars at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian

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Visitors to Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian will be able to explore the wonders of the universe on Saturday (January 21) during a stargazing event at the Forestry Commission Wales centre in conjunction with the BBC.

An indoor planetarium will be set up in the café, courtesy of Birmingham Science Museum’s “Think Tank” team, enabling visitors to see the solar system like never before.

Scientists from Aberystwyth University’s physics department will bring along high powered telescopes and other equipment and will be on hand to bring meaning to the light show high above the skies of mid-Wales.

Forestry Commission Wales visitor centre assistant at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian, Sarah Cookson, said, “The indoor planetarium is a giant dome or igloo with a light show of the stars and planets.

“Our woodlands are great places for learning about the natural world, but this unique event offers people a chance to explore other worlds as well!”

The event is being run in partnership with the BBC Stargazing Live programme, which is running throughout January.

Star shows, lasting about 45 minutes, will take place inside the planetarium every hour between 5pm and 9pm, and there will be an opportunity to scan the night sky through the telescopes, weather permitting.

The cost is £3 per person and booking is essential by calling 01970 890453 or contact

For more information on the event, contact Sarah Cookson on 01970 890453, mobile 07800 512906, email

Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email