STARGAZING calendar
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Starry Starry Night by name, starry starry night by nature. If you are a keen astronomer, astrophotographer or just someone who loves gazing up at the night sky, our Stargazing Calendar may well help you plan your stay. 


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More about Starry Starry Night

We didn’t name our eco reserve Starry Starry Night for no reason πŸ™‚ And oh my, what a gorgeously starry sky it is - especially when you catch it on bright moonless, cloudless night. It really rather looks like a De Beers sorting table. Starry Starry Night is located in the Langeberg mountains, away from any town and village lights, making the sky even darker and the stars therefore even brighter. No matter when you come, the sky is always beautiful to look at (yup, even when there are clouds, particularly when they turn), but we would not be surprised if you want to time your visit based on our calendar. Perhaps it is a shimmering starry sky you are after, or perhaps you want to see how the fullmoon sails over the Karoo koppies in the distance. Read on to find out what is happening when.

SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER 2023


New Moon: 15 September


Spring Equinox: 23 September


Full Moon: 29 September


New Moon: 14 October


Orionid Meteor Shower: 21-22 October


Full Moon: 28 October


NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER 2023


Southern Taurids Meteor Shower: 4-5 November


New Moon: 13 November


Full Moon: 27 November


New Moon: 13 December


Geminids Meteor Shower: 13-14 December


Full Moon: 27 December





JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2024

Quadrantids Meteor Shower: 3-4 January 

New Moon: 11 January 

Full Moon: 25 January

New Moon: 9 February

Full Moon: 24 February



 





MARCH/ APRIL  2024



New Moon: 10 March


Full Moon: 25 March


Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: 25 March


New Moon: 8 April


Lyrids Meteor Shower: 22-23 April


23 April: Full Moon





More information per dates

🌠 28 and 29 July – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Could potentially produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Starts on 12 July and ends 23 August, with the peak period falling on 28 and 29 July.


🌠 12 and 13 August – Perseids Meteor Shower. One of the two biggest meteor showers of the year, averaging around 60 meteors per hour at its peak.


🌠 21 and 22 October – Orionids Meteor Shower. Averaging around 20 meteors per hour at its peak, it is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley.


🌠 4 and 5 November – Taurids Meteor Shower. A long-running minor meteor shower averaging only 5 to 10 meteors per hour. It’s produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke.


🌠17 and 18 November – Leonids Meteor Shower. Averaging around 15 meteors per hour at its peak and is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865.


🌠13 and 14 December – Geminids Meteor Shower. One of the best meteor showers, averaging around 120 multicoloured meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.


🌠21 and 22 December – The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights.

🌠3 and 4 January – The Quadrantids is an above-average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. 

NB : To state the obvious, starry starry nights are a natural phenomenon and don't run on man's schedule. Although we cannot guarantee that you will have a perfect star moongazing weather, we can assure you that one way or the other you will have a magical stay, and we cannot wait to welcome you. 

JD, François & the Starry Starry Night team