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Watch: Five reasons to take up stargazing this week




If you have an inquisitive nature or find yourself searching for an educational way to keep children occupied this week, look no further.

The world around us is a constant source of beauty and fascination for many, but the worlds above can sometimes be overlooked.

Here are five reasons why now is the time to invest in your first telescope.

The moon is one of many fascinating objects in the night sky
The moon is one of many fascinating objects in the night sky

1 - Learning about space and planets is the perfect way to encourage an educational hobby in children or begin your own journey into understanding the quiet beauty of the universe.

2 - Jupiter and Saturn are in prime position. The two largest planets in our solar system both passed at their closest approach to earth while being fully illuminated by direct opposition to the sun. Jupiter reached prime position on July 14 with Saturn following on July 20, although both remain highly visible and bright this week.

3 - Telescopes are not as expensive as you might think. You can get a small starter telescope for £50 to £100, and advice on what to look for in the sky is abundant online.

4 - One of the biggest problems with seeing celestial objects clearly is artificial light. For those who live in Diss or the surrounding rural area, images should be clearer than for those who live in or around large towns or cities.

5 - Adaptors are available which allow you to take photos of what you see through your telescope. In the modern world of social media and showing off great photos to your friends, you can take some pretty impressive snaps to share!


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