Out Of This World Lunar Eclipse Viewing Spots

STORY BY Megan Hughes 25th July 2018

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century will hover over the UK on Friday 27 July for one hour and 43 minutes, turning the moon red as it passes through the Earth’s shadow. Don’t miss this incredible experience and head to one of the below lunar eclipse viewing spots for the best view this Friday!

Visit Wales have given us the rundown on the best stargazing and red moon viewing posts in Wales which will give you a top view for this once in a lifetime sighting.

Brecon Beacons – International Dark Sky Reserve

The Brecon Beacons was one of the first five locations in the world to be granted International Dark Sky Reserve status. Protected from light pollution with an outstanding view of the night sky, there is a wealth of locations you can visit to spend an evening star gazing and red moon hunting. The best star gazing spots within the reserve are, Usk Reservoir, Crai Reservoir, National Park Visitor Centre, Pontsticill Reservoir and Llangorse Lakes.

Daerwynno – Dark Sky Discovery Site

The Daerwynno Outdoor Centre is the perfect base for stargazers in the heart of The Valleys. Located between the Rhondda and Cynon Valleys and positioned within a natural bowl, the site provides a wide panoramic view. Visitors can expect to see the Milky Way with the naked eye due to the intense darkness the site experiences, giving your maximum chances of seeing the red moon. Events are held throughout the year, from group gazing to educational events.

Red Lion and Rose & Crown Pubs

If you would like a pint to accompany your red moon spotting the Red Lion and Rose & Crown pubs in the borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf should be top of your list!

Both offer panoramic views of the night’s sky and are designated ‘Orion class’ sites, meaning you can clearly see Orion with the naked eye.

For a selection of other red moon spotting locations please visit – http://www.visitwales.com/holidays-breaks/sightseeing-and-tours/stargazing-in-wales


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