Enter our competition and win a telescope for the kids and get them discovering the cosmos this Christmas!
As schools across Wales put on their Nativity plays, we’re reminded not only of the story of Jesus’ birth but of how the Three Wise Men found their way to Bethlehem.
The Star of Bethlehem, or the Christmas Star, guided the guys with the gold, frankincense and myrrh to the stable with Mary and Joseph and the gang.
And that’s the hook we’re going to hang our latest competition on as we’ve got an astronomical telescope to give away! Thanks to the lovely people at Discovery Kids, we have one 40mm beauty with…
- 25x and 50x magnification
- Diagonal mirror
- And much more
Enter The Astronomical Telescope Competition Now
Simply comment below in the comments section. If you’d like to share a cracker joke then all the better. You have until 11.59pm on Sunday 18th December 2016 and we’ll get it in the post before Christmas.
If you can’t wait till then you can purchase Discovery Kids’s 40mm Astronomical Telescope for £19.99.
What Can You See In The Night Sky?
On the whole In Wales we’re blessed with little light pollution, so we can see many cosmic delights. Indeed, VisitWales has a whole section on stargazing. Most of the sites are in the Brecon Beacons. This is because the Beacons where named the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the UK. Snowdonia National Park is now one too. As well as those two, Elan Valley Estate in Powys is a Dark Sky Park.
But no matter where you are in Wales, there is always something to see in the night sky… as long as it isn’t cloudy.
More commonly known as The Saucepan in Wales, it is also called the Big Dipper in America and Ursa Major is its proper name. The Plough is one on the most recognisable shapes amongst the stars.
The North Star
If you have found the Plough, then, conditions permitting, you can find the North Star. How? Watch this video. Now you know how to find Polaris, so now you can find north if you ever get lost at night.
Three stars in a row makes a belt for yer man Orion, the giant huntsman that Zeus banished to the cosmos.
For one night a year Father Christmas whips his sleigh out and does the rounds. Yet he can be hard to spot, even with a telescope. Thankfully NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command, have been tracking Santa every year since the 1950s.
You could also be lucky enough to see the sleigh pass overhead in the run up to Christmas, while the big man himself is out on his test runs. Some might try and convince you that this is the International Space Station flying over, but we know better! Check out when Santa can be seen flying overhead by finding the nearest point to you here. You may even be lucky enough to catch him in flight on Christmas Eve itself.
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