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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.