4 of the best places to stargaze and get a spectacular view of the night sky near Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 21:00 12 October 2016

The moon (Picture: Aleks Nocny).

The moon (Picture: Aleks Nocny).

Aleks Nocny

Viewing the night sky is a great way to learn about the universe we live in. Here is our guide to the best places to see the stars near Weston-super-Mare.

The moon over high tide in Weston-super-Mare (Picture: Ian Heard). The moon over high tide in Weston-super-Mare (Picture: Ian Heard).

The middle of Weston’s town centre is not ideal for stargazing, because of the amount of light pollution, which reduces the ability to see details in the night sky.

But if you move slightly out of the town centre, you will find some ideal places to experience the universe.

Stargazing at Brean Down. Stargazing at Brean Down.

Brean Beach.

The National Trust building has been chosen for Stargazing Live events in the past, because you can enjoy a clear view of the night sky. During the day, you can enjoy the views then watch the sun set over the beach.

The night sky over Sand Bay (Picture: Daniel Fisher). The night sky over Sand Bay (Picture: Daniel Fisher).

Sand Bay.

If you do not want to travel far out of Weston, take a quick drive towards Kewstoke to see the stars from Sand Bay. You can use a free smart phone app such as Google Sky Map to see exactly what you are looking at.

The night sky by Rhys Davies. The night sky by Rhys Davies.

Ashton.

Park up outside Ashton Windmill on a cloudless night to get an amazing view of the stars. Rhys Davies took this incredible picture (above) while he was there – perhaps you can do the same.

Full moon (Picture: Stuart Watts) Full moon (Picture: Stuart Watts)

Mendips.

Here is one for people willing to travel a bit further afield. With nothing around you but countryside, the Mendips is the perfect place to go to experience the night sky in peaceful surroundings.

Uphill at night (Picture: Chris Sweet). Uphill at night (Picture: Chris Sweet).

Have you got other suggestions? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page, or by tweeting @WSMERCURY. You can also send your night sky pictures to weston.iwitness24.co.uk

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