Calling all stargazers

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Would-be stargazers are invited to meet the experts for an evening of history and exploring the night sky from an historic Peak District mine.

The National Park Authority with Nottingham Trent University are offering 20 free places for people who have little or no knowledge of astronomy to get clued up on what is happening at Magpie Mine, near Sheldon, both on the ground and in the night sky above.

The event will include a number of short talks from local specialists on the history of Magpie Mine, the Dark Skies project, what can be seen in the night sky that night and what to look out for in September.

It will take place on Wednesday August 31, from 7.30pm until 9pm. Spaces are strictly limited to 20 people but a waiting list will be used to prioritise bookings for future events. Dogs are not allowed. To book call 01629 816200 or email