National Park over the moon at its first star gazing event

The National Park Visitor Centre was briefly transformed into a mini-observatory, with over 35 keen star gazers braving the wind and rain to view the night sky and learn more about astronomy from the Cardiff Astronomical Society.  Stargazers were also able to see demonstrations models and actual telescopes inside the Centre plus hear a range of talks on the night sky, star gazing equipment and how to become more involved with astronomy.

Richard Levy, National Park Visitor Centre Manager said:  “The National Park Visitor Centre is the perfect location to hold star gazing events, with the ideal combination of being easy to get to but still secluded away from light pollution.  At 340 metres above sea level, the Centre overlooks the Usk Valley and Glyn Tarell so visitors had the opportunity to see two sets of twinkling lights, below and above. 


“Although the weather conditions were not ideal, we were incredibly pleased with the turn out and we hope to hold a similar event later during the year with the help of the Cardiff Astronomical Society.”


For further information on star gazing in the National Park please contact the National Park Visitor Centre on 01874 623 366 or email