4th October is the start of World Space Week – what with that and this year marking 50 years since the Moon Landing, we’re feeling pretty starry-eyed over this one. Believe it or not Hertfordshire has its own special space links, not to mention some glorious countryside where you can look up, see the skies and ponder over the existence of the universe (or just keep an eye out for shooting stars and the Big Dipper). So we’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots for star gazing and some of Hertfordshire’s very own links to space – trust us, this is so much more than one small step.
Be it tent or motorhome, there’s nothing like camping under the stars, hot chocolate in hand, marshmallows toasting on the camp stove. Surrounded by countryside, The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Theobalds and Hertford club sites are perfect for a spot of star gazing, and if you fancy stepping things up, the Ready Camp tents on the Hertford site add a little luxury to your starry, starry night.
Did you know our very own Stevenage has been right at the centre of space exploration for decades? Stevenage’s Airbus Defence and Space Facility has been a part of some of Europe’s biggest space missions, from building the satellite for the Mars Express, Europe’s first Mars exploration mission, to designing and producing Gaia, which conducted a census of a billion stars in the galaxy – now that’s impressive!
One small step
Book up a spot at Bayfordbury Observatory’s public open evenings this autumn and you’ll be in for a sparkling night of star gazing, planet spotting and moon watching. With seven optical telescopes, a tour of the planetarium, expert demonstrations and talks from the pros, this evening will transport you to a galaxy far, far away.
High in the sky
St Albans Cathedral is in for a stellar transformation this autumn. With projections of the stars and galaxies inside and out, a night time tour of the Cathedral is set to be an out of this world experience. What’s more, with real NASA imagery of the moon’s surface decorating the floor, you can actually (well not literally) take your own steps across the moon!
In Neil Armstrong’s footsteps