Had you ever heard of a Star Party? Does it give you visions of a mass of celebrities gathered in a club somewhere, or perhaps little girls dressed up in pretty dresses waving magic wands? Well until last week I’d never heard of one either, but it turns out it’s all about looking at and celebrating the amazing night skies.
Here in Norfolk we are truly spoiled with our big blue skies in the day and at night, well, you’ll easily get a crick in your neck when you look up and realise just how full our sky is of stars and other twinkly galaxies! Just drive into the countryside a little, perhaps combine it with a trip to a rural pub, as we did last week, visiting the Bannigham Crown (more of that in another blog) and stand and stare. We’ve recently been treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights as the Aurora Borealis painted the night sky over Norfolk. The phenomenon occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere. [Read more…]