Meteor shower expected to peak during astronomy evening

On Friday 3rd January, the Discover
Llangorse and Bwlch community group, supported by Brecon Beacons National Park
Authority’s Rural Alliance, will host a family astronomy evening from 6pm to
9.30pm at the Llangorse Youth and Community Centre which will teach lovers of
the night sky more about our planets, solar systems, stars, galaxies and the
universe.  There will be a planetarium,
talks and displays to help demonstrate the wonders of the night sky and if the
sky is clear star gazers should be able to witness the peak of the Quadrantid
Meteor Shower.

Mr Mike Featherstone said:  “This is a really exciting event for
Llangorse community to hold during the peak of quite a spectacular meteor
shower.  This shower favours the Northern
Hemisphere so if the weather is clear we may just be in luck to see hundreds of
meteors shooting across the sky.  Best
yet, there is no moonlight so we have an even better chance already.  This is the first event of its kind for
Llangorse and we hope to follow it with many more during the darker

Cllr Rosemary Harris,
Member for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said:  “The International Dark Sky Reserve status
that has been awarded to the Brecon Beacons National Park has really captured
the imagination of people living here and it’s clear that they are very proud
to be part of its designation.  It’s
great to see communities like Llangorse and Bwlch really getting involved and
creating their own opportunities for people living locally, and visitors for
that matter, to see just how special the dark skies above the Park really are.”

Extra warm clothing
is advised.  Tickets for the event are
charged at £6 for adults, £4 for children or a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)
at £16.  Booking is essential and tickets
can be purchased from the Llangorse Youth and Community Group on Thursdays
10am-12pm or Llangorse Multi Activity Centre 01874 658 272 or online at