Best spots to go stargazing in Lancashire and Cumbria as the nights start to get lighter

In urban areas, even with the clearest skies, you’re lucky if you can see a couple of stars twinkling in the distance.

But the further away you get from the bright lights of the city and the light pollution that comes with it, the more the opportunity opens up to enjoy a spot of stargazing.

And the north west as a number of prime locations for you to look up and wonder at the night’s sky the hope of seeing shooting star, the Orion’s Belt constellation or even distant planets.

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According to a study by property developer Essential Living, Lancashire’s Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory in Preston and the Lake District National Park in Cumbria are among the top 10 places to stargaze in the north west, with Blackstone Edge in Rochdale and Werneth Low in Tameside just over the border in Greater Manchester.

While other beauty spots and areas in Yorkshire including the Astronomy Centre in Todmorden, Cheshire and Derbyshire complete the list.

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Here’s a closer look at best two stargazing spots in our regions:

Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory, Preston

Inside the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory in Preston
Inside the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory in Preston
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Located in Moor Park, the observatory first opened in 1927 and is named after lunar researcher Jeremiah Horrocks, who made the first observation of Venus.

The facility has an eight-inch refractor telescope, which is one of 500 in the UK that helps to form climatological data for the Met Office.

It is open to the public every third Thursday of the month, and you can get the chance to see planets through the high-tech telescopes.

Lake District National Park

Picture taken from Derwentwater in the Lake District
Picture taken from Derwentwater in the Lake District
(Image: Getty)

The Lake District is wonderful for many things, and stargazing is right up there as one of the top ones.

The area is home to some of the clearest skies in the country, with minimal light pollution and scores three out of nine in the Bortle Class light pollution scale.

The scale uses astronomical observations to measure the amount of light pollution for a given location.

You can take a short drive or walk in some cases and be blessed with the sight of billions of stars in the Lake District.

All you need to do it head out of town and arrive at almost any spot in the Lake District. Grab a blanket and you will be able to sit an watch the stars.

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