If you have been inspired by tonight's Stargazing LIVE programme on BBC2 you might want to do some 'hands on' astronomy. There are plenty of local events you can get involved with.
The first is this Wednesday 9th January at Kendal Castle. It is organised by Kendal's Eddington Astronomical Society. Details of the event can be found here.
Your next local opportunity will be on Friday 11th in Carlisle at Border Astronomical Society's "Observing the Cumbrian Night Sky" event at Trinity School (details here). They have a repeat event on Monday 14th as well.
CAS first involvement is on Saturday 12th January when we will attend Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre's Dark Sky Discovery Weekend in Ennerdale. CAS members will be there with telescopes to view the night sky, weather permitting.
Finally we will be holding our own observing session 'Stargazing in Cockermouth' event on Saturday 19th January. With and exhibition and equipment display in the afternoon and hands on observing in the evening.
At all of these events local amateur astronomers will be on hand with their equipment to show you the night sky and provide help and advice on finding your way around the night sky. They are all free events and suitable for all the family.
I hope you can make it to at least one, and look forward to seeing you at a CAS event.