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Astronomy Adventures

DSW provides bespoke astronomical tours for small groups and individuals throughout Wales. Each evening’s activity is tailored to your needs be that a tour of the heavens or astroimaging we can provide the expertise for you to enjoy some of the darkest skies in the UK.

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Astronomy Education

DSW provide courses for the very beginner all the way through to the most experienced of astronomers. Each course is delivered by professional educators with many years experience teaching astronomy at University, Adult Education and schools.

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Professional Services

DSW has vast experience working with local authorities, National Parks and other parties in the development of Dark Sky Discovery Sites, Parks and Reserves. From the Brecon Beacons to Anglesey and Pembrokeshire to Rhondda Cynon Taff DSW experts have assisted in the development of dark sky tourism by undertaking valuable dark sky surveys, astronomical events and training for staff.

We Love Looking Up!

Vic Tatler
Vic Tatler
Curious
The evening was fantastic – Alan’s knowledge is unbelievable. He was so helpful and really explained what we were seeing, as well as giving us advice so that we could try and find some of the constellations from home. I have been highly recommending him!
Matt
Matt
Local Enthusiast
At last the weather in Brecon came good and we had a wonderful time on Saturday night. Allan’s staggering wealth of knowledge gave us a great insight into what is out there. Together with all the wonderful equipment that he brought and had set-up on arrival, we were able to see quite a lot of it.
Libby Tempest
Libby Tempest
Teacher
Had a WONDERFUL night, definitely well worth waiting for! Basically I thought the whole experience was fantastic – the sky from the location Allan had chosen was spectacular in itself, never mind when we started to look through binoculars and telescopes. We had wonderful views of the Moon, Venus and Mars early on – then when it grew darker, Jupiter was beautiful and I saw 2 of it’s little moons. Allan explained about constellations, different galaxies, star clusters, nebulae etc etc but he didn’t overwhelm us with information – he knows that some of the time, you just need to be given time to look and observe (and gawp in astonishment!)
Colin
Colin
Newbie
Just wanted to feed back how much I enjoyed the stargazing event with Martin on Saturday night. His knowledge of astronomy seemed to be encyclopaedic…there was literally no question that anyone asked him that he couldn’t answer on the spot. His undoubted scientific know-how was complemented by an amazing memory of cultural myths relating to constellations. We touched upon Greek, Roman, Arabic, Persian and Celtic traditions during the course of the evening. Amazing!
Jennifer
Jennifer
Tourist
We attended the Beaumaris Planetarium experience on Sunday afternoon and had a lovely time. Our party was aged from 6 to 72 and all thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very informative and interesting – we really enjoyed learning about all the mythology. I would highly recommend these events. Thank you for the experience!
Joe
Joe
Hobbyist
“I sent out a tentative enquiry and within less than an hour I had received a response from Allan. He responded to all my email enquiries as helpfully as anyone can hope for. Allan’s professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm was exactly what any budding stargazer craves. I have had an interest in astronomy for years and had bought myself a Skywatcher telescope a few years back. I had almost given up trying to use it and thanks to Allan I am now ready to go back out there and search the skies. He helped me to understand the mistakes I had been making in setting it up, advised me on eyepieces to improve my viewing experience and showed me how I could get the best out of my telescope. We toured the skies and I saw the rings of Saturn, Saturn’s moon Titan, double stars, the Andromeda galaxy and various other deep sky objects along with constellations that I was unfamiliar with. I have been to a number of stargazing events over the years but I can honestly say that Allan’s help has given me confidence to go back out there and enjoy the night sky for all it has to offer. Thank you Allan!”
Gwyn
Gwyn
Student
Brecon, great experience, great mix of stories, lectures and viewing, highly recommended for anyone with an interest
Great Experience!
Great Experience!
Sam
Thank you for your knowledge last night. We both found it highly informative.
27 May 2019

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Dark Sky Wales

Another Meteor shower to look out for this month are the Leonids! The moon won't be the kindest but you should still be able to see the brightest!

The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with comet Tempel-Tuttle. This shower is exceptional every 33 years, when the Earth passes through the densest region of cometary dust. Their radiant - the point in the sky from which the Leonids appear to come - is the constellation Leo, the lion, near the bright star Regulus. This is where the shower's name comes from.

Leonids are also known for their fireballs and earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of cometary material. Fireballs are also brighter, with magnitudes brighter than -3. Earthgrazers are meteors that streak close to the horizon and are known for their long and colorful tails.

The Leonids, which peak during mid-November each year, are considered to be a major shower, even though meteor rates are often as low as about 15 meteors per hour. The Leonids are bright meteors and can also be colorful. They are also fast: Leonids travel at speeds of 71 km (44 miles) per second, among the fastest known.

Every 33 years, or so, viewers on Earth may experience a Leonid storm that can peak with hundreds to thousands of meteors seen per hour depending on the location of the observer. A meteor storm versus a shower is defined as having at least 1,000 meteors per hour. Viewers in 1966 experienced a spectacular Leonid storm: thousands of meteors per minute fell through Earth's atmosphere during a 15 minute period. There were so many meteors seen that they appeared to fall like rain. The last Leonid meteor storm took place in 2002.

The pieces of space debris that interact with our atmosphere to create the Leonids originate from comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. It takes comet Tempel-Tuttle 33 years to orbit the sun once.
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4 days ago

Dark Sky Wales

"Dark Sky Wales was everything I had hoped, despite clouds and a moon. Astronomer Alan Trow was an informed and engaging guide. The telescopes were first rate, and we got so see Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons. With the stars we could see, he helped us identify constellations and orient ourselves in the night sky. Alan also gave a fascinating and informative lecture on star gazing, super novae, and the mythology behind the constellation's names. It was also wonderful to be outside in the quiet and beauty of Brecon Beacon National Park at night." #stargazing #christmasgift #virginexperiencedays #tripadvisor
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