Night sky events at Bedgebury Camping!
Despite being only an hour from London, Bedgebury Camping in Kent is set in a pretty rural location in the Weald of Kent offering lots of space. You really do get big skies here and what with minimal light pollution, on a clear night the scene above you is literally out of this world.
Light a campfire then sit back and enjoy
Camping with a campfire in rural Kent offers an opportunity to sit out in the cool darkness and just look up and observe what is going on in the night sky. So, if you fancy camping during an eclipse, camping during a meteor shower or would just like to know what you might see in the sky during a camping trip, the list below covers some of the lunar and astronomical events visible to Bedgebury campers during the summer 2018, that you will be able to see with or without any special equipment.
28 June 2018: Full Moon
The face of the moon will be entirely illuminated as it will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun. It was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon, and indicated the start of fruit gathering. It is also the time of year when strawberry harvesting is at its peak.
27 July 2018: Full Moon
The Moon’s face will be entirely illuminated as it will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun. It was known by Native American tribes at the Full Buck Moon as the male buck deer would start to grown new antlers around this time of the year.
27 July 2018: Total lunar eclipse
A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly through the centre of the Earth’s shadow. The Moon will be seen to get darker and appear to be a rusty red colour due to the sun’s rays. The total eclipse will last for around an hour starting just after 9pm.
27 July 2018: Mars at Opposition
The red planet will become the fourth brightest object in the sky. Its face will become fully illuminated by the Sun and will be visible all night long. It will appear as a very-bright orange star in the southern sky.
28 July 2018: Delta Aquarids meteor shower
You can expect to see up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak from the Delta Aquarids display. This meteor shower is produced by debris left by the Marsden and Kracht comets. It is best viewed after midnight and meteors will appear anywhere in the sky.
12-13 August 2018: Perseids meteor shower
The annual Perseids meteor shower peaks over this period with up to 100 meteors per hour visible. It is one of the brighter meteor showers and is produced by debris from the Swift Tuttle comet. This year should be a particularly good one as it will coincide with a dark moonless sky on 12 August.
17 August 2018: Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation
The best time to view this planet as it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look in the western sky after sunset for a bright planet.
26 August 2018: Full Moon
The Moon’s face will be entirely illuminated as it will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun. Known by early Native American tribes as the Full Sturgeon Moon, large fish were more easily caught at this time of the year. It is also called the Grain Moon or Green Corn Moon.
All year round: satellites
It is possible to see satellites in specific orbits at any time of the year. They do not have flashing lights or change direction and they will look like a star moving across the sky. The light from a satellite is often sunlight reflected off the satellite's solar panels. Satellites are about 200-300 miles above Earth so they can still catch the sun's rays even if it is night time. If you are lucky, you may see the International Space Station. It is the brightest human object orbiting the Earth and is the third brightest object in the sky.
Bedgebury Camping allows campfires and offers back to basics camping in a spacious environment. To book or get a costing, go to Book Now.