Chipping Norton – Area for outstanding astronomy

Situated, as we are, on the edge of the Cotswolds, the Chipping Norton area provides superb vantage points for the amateur astronomer. The high elevations to the East and West of the town allow stargazers and astronomers relatively unobstructed views of the night sky. Clear nights combined with our rural area provide some of the best astronomy opportunities as relatively unpolluted, cool, still air produces stunning, crystal clear images. Just a few minutes travelling away from the glare of the town lights and you can be at a dark, elevated site under starlit skies – an advantage envied by many city/large town astronomers. Light pollution, the enemy of the astronomers is, unfortunately, on the increase. The national Campaign for Dark Skies is the organisation working with local authorities and industry to minimise the amount of light pollution in their areas. CNAAG supports this movement and will monitor the levels of light pollution in and around the area. We have been lucky enough to have permission to use several observing sites within easy reach of Chipping Norton, which have provided successful evenings. Historically, Chipping Norton's links to astronomy possibly go back 5000 years to the nearby Rollright Stone circle . There is speculation that the Reverend Stone of Chipping Norton and the discoverer of the root ingredient of Aspirin may also have been an astronomer. More recently, Mr Roy Worvill, author of many Ladybird books on space and eminent astronomer was also linked to the town. CNAAG members are researching all these links. Chipping Norton, situated between Oxford and Stratford Upon Avon, is a small market town of historic character with a wide range of amenities. Its nationally acclaimed theatre provides a superb variety of plays, music and film and is renowned for its annual pantomime. Chipping Norton is an ideal base from which to explore the Cotswolds and at the same time carry out some astronomy. The quality of our night sky is an additional bonus to the scenery of the area and however you find yourself to be in Chipping Norton, or the area, please get in touch. About Us A brief history

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