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Thursday 17 November 2011Would-be archaeologists and stargazers are invited to meet the experts to explore ancient history and the night sky from a prehistoric stone circle on Sunday Dec 4.
Nottingham Trent University in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority are offering 60 free places for people to find out more about the Nine Ladies stone circle, on Stanton Moor, both on the ground and in the night sky.
Three two-hour sessions will take place on Sunday December 4, at 12noon, 2pm, and 4pm, starting at the Village Hall in Stanton in Peak, near Bakewell.
The events will include a short talk on the history of the stone circle, what to look out for in the night sky in December, a planetarium session and a 15-minute walk to the stone circle. The 4pm session will include a look at the night sky through telescopes (weather permitting).
Booking is essential as each session is limited to 20 people. A waiting list will be used to prioritise bookings for future events. Dogs are not allowed. To book call 0115 8483518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors should wear warm, rainproof clothing and sturdy shoes as the event will go ahead whatever the weather. A torch is essential for the 4pm session.
Astronomy lecturer and archaeology enthusiast Dr Daniel Brown, of Nottingham Trent University, said: “The area around Nine Ladies allows you to explore the beliefs of our ancient ancestors that always were concerned with the sky above. This site offers the dark skies to see the stars in their full beauty.
“Visitors will have a chance to see the skies as they were 4,000 years ago in our planetarium show and we will have experts on astronomy and archaeology at hand to answer any questions.”
The Peak District National Park Authority and Nottingham Trent University are part of the Peak District Dark Skies group, set up in partnership with local astronomical societies, to promote awareness of the special qualities of the night sky in and around the national park.
More Dark Skies events are planned for later in December 2011. To keep up to date and visit the website www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/darkskies
The events are made possible by the support of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the Peak District Dark Skies group.