Our Starry Skies workshops for children were a big hit

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During this year’s Star Count (6-14 February) we put on a series of free Starry Skies workshops for children, with the brilliant Jo from Space Detectives.

During the workshops Jo took the children on a journey through our amazing Solar System, learning about star constellations and each of the planets in turn. They learnt about how our ancestors viewed the night sky, and the origins of where we think it all began. They also learnt about the impact of light pollution on our view of the stars and planets in the sky, and what we can do to reduce it.

They then became ‘Dark Sky Rangers’ by learning just how important it is to look after and care for the night sky, not just for now but for future generations.

All of the workshops proved to be a big hit for children and their families, and we received some lovely pictures of some of the artwork children made during the Starry Skies workshops and Star Count week, including this brilliant representation of our Solar System:

This fantastic artwork of the planets in relation to the Sun:

And this lovely decorated light bulb reminding us to turn off the lights to see more stars during the Star Count.

Thank you to all of the families who attended the workshops and to our Dark Sky Rangers for sharing your artwork with us.


All of the workshops were free of charge, but they do cost us money to run. If you are able to make a donation to support our work, you can do so here. If you’re not already a member of our Charity, join us for as little as £3 per month.

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