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The North York Moors National Park is one of the best places in the country to see stars and incredible night skies because of the low light pollution levels and clear horizons. From a town or city you'll be lucky to spot more than a handful of stars, but from our darkest spots in the North York Moors you may be able to spy up to 2,000 at any one time.

Three places in particular are recognised as special sites in the North York Moors national park:

National Park Observatories at Sutton Bank, Danby and Dalby Forest have been named as Dark Sky Discovery Sites (Milky Way class) – so named because the galaxy is often visible to the naked eye from the sites.

Other places in the National Park are also recognised as great places for stargazing, including Yorkshire Arboretum and Rievaulx Terrace where the National Trust sometimes hosts night walks and stargazing events.

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