This short guide will help get you started on learning about the brilliant sky at night.

National Parks are some of the best areas in Britain to go stargazing due to their low light pollution and dark skies.  The Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) did a recent survey on how dark the skies above England are. You can see where the darkest skies are on the interactive map. The North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and South Downs National Parks are some of the darkest in the country.

You don't need expensive equipment to appreciate our dark skies. Most people have never the seen the Milky Way, our own Galaxy, which you can see overhead especially in the Autumn. You can see Andromeda, a galaxy 2½ million light-years away with the naked eye, and with binoculars spot craters on the Moon!

Find out more about dark skies in each of the National Parks by visiting their stargazing web pages listed below.

North York Moors

Dark Skies in the North York Moors National Park

Yorkshire Dales

Stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales

Download: Stargazing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

South Downs

Dark night skies in the South Downs