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Dark Skies over the North York Moors

Thanks @iwent
You’ve reminded me of my first and best experience of the magic you describe.
I was staying with my kids in a small purpose built ski resort in the French Alps. We’d been through a sad time as a family and a friend offered us the use of her apartment for a couple of weeks. It was out of season (June) and almost deserted, with no light pollution. We spent every evening on our balcony, gazing up at the heavens…the Milky Way…shooting stars…all so close it seemed, that you could almost reach out and touch them….


Whenever I’m away from home I notice the darker skies on clear nights, and love to see the dust-spangled deep blue sky full of stars and constellations I usually only see in books. A walk under such a sky is always a holiday treat.

“Dark Skies over the North York Moors” sounds like a wonderful title for a book @GeminiJen . I wonder whether it would be a sad, dark story of love and loss or, more likely, a psychological thriller &/or murder whodunnit? I feel you have either within your capabilities, and if you get it written in time I’ll nominate it for our Favourite 100 Books.

Thanks for that @GeminiJen wish I lived closer.


The North York Moors is one of the best places to view dark skies due to low light pollution levels.
If you’re there on December 14, you may be lucky enough to see the annual Geminids meteor shower.
Although there will be a waning full moon on this night, you should still be able to make out constellations and view shooting stars.
It’s also magical walking by moonlight.

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