Maiden Castle Stargazing

On 14th February 2022, we climbed up Maiden Castle to stargaze from the top, with young people from the Army Welfare Service in Blandford.

Maiden Castle Ramparts
Maiden Castle

As the hillfort is high up and slightly away from city lights, it is an excellent spot for stargazing! We used binoculars, a telescope and our simply our eyes to explore the sky – spotting constellations, planets and deep sky objects. One of our favourite moments was looking at the moon through the telescope! The Iron Age people would have seen the same stars in the sky, so we considered what they might have thought about the stars and what constellations they might have drawn.

Young people stargazing
Young people stargazing