Dark Skies June Update
June is a month where we don't get truly dark skies. Even around the midnight hours, our sun is never more than 18 degrees below the horizon, ( the definition of “astronomical” darkness being that the sun is more than 18 degrees below horizon). Even so, there is still much to potentially see in the skies.
Jupiter is slowly dropping towards the western horizon, though still remains a worthy target for binoculars and telescopes for the next couple of months.
Dark Skies May Update
Jupiter still continues to dominate our May evening skies, although the nights are becoming shorter and shorter as we draw into the Summer Solstice next month. Just after midnight, Mars and then Saturn will join Jupiter in becoming visible low in the SE skies.
Caban Quarry Car Park Closure
Caban Car Park will be closed for re-surfacing on Monday 25th April for a couple of days. We apologise for any inconveinience caused.
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Dark Skies April Update
The attached sky chart shows the mid-April skies for around 9pm BST. Jupiter dominates the southern skyline with the moon close by on the night of the 17th. Mars and Saturn are both visible from around midnight onwards, low in the south east skies. These two planets will become much more prominent in the summer skies, although the lighter skies won't be to their benefit.
Dark Skies March Update
With March comes the spring equinox, the time of year when on or around the 21st, the day and night are of equal length with the sun rising due east and setting due west. From here on, we can look forward to lengthening daylight and shortening nights until mid June.
Looking for a new venue for an education visit this year?
If you are, then why not come to Elan? We provide a great learning environment for your pupils, from Early Years right through to Key Stages 4 and 5. We offer many education programmes to tie in with the National Curriculum or we can design something to fit in with your own study plans. As well as schools and colleges we also offer activities for home education groups, holiday and after school clubs, Brownies, Cubs, etc!
Dark Skies February Update
The attached sky chart shows the sky for around 8.00pm mid February, and at long last, we have a planet visible in the evening skies as Jupiter is just appearing over the eastern horizon around mid evening,
Walkers braved the elements for Charity Fundraiser
The 'Roundabout Team' have declared the 2016 Reservoir Roundabout another success following a good turnout for this annual challenge event aimed at long distance walkers and runners held in the beautiful Elan Valley on Saturday 9th January 2016.
Cafe closed due to refurbishment
Our Cafe will be closed from Monday 11th until Friday 15th of January to enable us to refurbish the area.
We will be serving soup, sandwiches, pasties and cold snacks, along with loose tea, instant coffee and cold drinks in the Exhibition Hall. Cash payments only.
The Gift Shop and Exhibition area will be open as usual.
Thank you in advance for your patience while we do this work. We look forward to seeing you in our newly refurbished Cafe on Saturday 16th January.