It’s International Day of Human Space Flight today! On April 12th, the UN remembers the first human space flight back in 1961. To celebrate, why not go on a stargazing adventure in a small campervan?
Stargazing with your Small Campervan Hire UK
58 years ago today, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin made a journey that would make history. He became the first human to journey into outer space after his Vostok had completed an orbit of the Earth. Today, countries around the world celebrate the start of the space era and acknowledge the importance of continuing to explore space science. You don’t need to be an astronaut or scientist to get involved. We believe the best way to enjoy the wonders of outer space is to take a trip to stargaze in a small campervan hire in the UK. Really, you should take any opportunity to get away from the haze of the city and enjoy the stars. It’s a fantastic way to unwind and remind yourself that there is more out there.
Cities are fantastic if you want fun activities during the day and an active nightlife. However, light pollution makes the night sky an underwhelming sight. There are increasingly fewer places out there where you can see the night sky in all its beauty. We’ve prepared a list of great spots so that you can have a successful stargazing trip with your small campervan hire in the UK.
Exmoor National Park, Somerset and Devon
With light pollution making the stars increasingly harder to see, the few places that have been left unaffected are stunning to behold. The International Dark Sky Association has a number of locations throughout the globe that they work to protect, and the Exmoor National Park happens to be one. The amount of light is controlled so that you can see so much more of the wonders of space. In fact, the view here is so breathtaking, that it became Europe’s first dark sky reserve back in 2011. During the clearest nights at this fantastic stargazing, the human eye can view somewhere in the ballpark of 3,000 stars. We think it’s a particularly great place to visit with your small campervan hire in the UK, not only because it is gorgeous, but because of the events held there. Events are held all year round at the Exmoor National Park. With organised dark skywalks and astronomy talks, it’s a place not to be missed.
North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire
Now, if you’re wanting an amazing spot to stargaze in your small campervan hire in the UK, North York Moors National Park offers a view that is particularly spectacular. The site contains three dark sky discovery sites. However, what’s really amazing, is that the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye at this location. Visitors are treated to a view of 2,000 stars, with a number of observatories also set up in the area to help you make the most of the view. If you can’t make a trip here during April, you should try and come along during the Perseid meteor shower (12th August) or the Orionids meteor shower (20th October). There is seriously no greater way to develop a love of space than by observing such spectacular events.
Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway
Perhaps you don’t want to visit England with your small campervan hire in the UK. That’s fine, as Scotland also has some stunning stargazing spots. If you take a trip to Dumfries and Galloway, you’ll be able to visit the Galloway Forest Park. At this fantastic location, more than 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye. It was designated a UK dark sky park back in 2009 and it usually gets a reading of 23.6 on the Sky Quality Meter (SQM). To put that into context, Glasgow City has one of eight, and a photographer’s darkroom would be a 24. So, a reading of 23.6 means near total darkness. We’d recommend a visit to the Clatteringshaws visitor centre in particular, as it’s right at the centre point of the unlit section of the park.
Shetland, Northern Isles
If you’re wanting to see something really amazing, why not try and see the aurora borealis. The best place to see the ‘Northern Lights’ is Shetland, as it is the point of the UK that is the closest to the North Pole. If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be. The aurora borealis occurs in the sky above the polar regions of the Earth. The sky takes on a greenish glow, with other colours also making an appearance. The intensity in the display does vary, and you need to try and be there on a clear night. However, if you do see the Northern Lights, it’s a sight you won’t ever forget. For this reason, we’d highly recommend a visit with your small campervan hire in the UK.
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