Astronomical event hopes to encourage stargazing

Galloway Forest Astronomical Society (GFAS) is hosting a street stargazing event to encourage everyone to make the most of the night sky.

It will take place this Saturday (11th January) at the football pavilion of Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart, from 6pm and isis one of a number of events in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park linked to the BBC’s Stargazing Live programme.

Antony Berretti, Chairperson of GFAS, says: “We have been having shockingly bad viewing conditions so far this winter, but we’re hoping for clear skies on Saturday. Even if it’s too cloudy for telescopes, thanks to the kind hospitality of Newton Stewart FC, we will have a slide show in the football pavilion instead. All are welcome.”

The event is one of a number being held across the country to show how accessible astronomy can be even in towns and cities. You will have the chance to learn about the Milky Way and other Galaxies, and to experience telescope imaging of heavenly bodies including the moon and the planet Jupiter. A number of telescopes will be set up for viewing the most interesting objects in the night sky, depending on conditions at the time.

To find out more about GFAS and its activities visit, and for more Stargazing events across the UK visit