HAVE you ever gazed into the night sky and spotted the Orion Nebula, situated no fewer than 1,344 light years away from Earth?

Unless you have a telescope or superhuman eyesight it is unlikely, however a stargazing event in Llangollen this month offers the chance to observe and photograph distant objects in outer space.

The Snowdonia National Park’s dark sky officer will be joined by archaeologist Rhys Mwyn to take beginner and experienced stargazers on a tour of the night sky beneath the Valle Crucis Abbey. The event, titled Dark Skies, Castles and Constellations, will include how to set up a telescope, observing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere and taking photographs of distant objects.

Attendees will also learn about the surprising history of how the stars have shaped Welsh history.

The session takes place from 7pm-9pm on Sunday, October 27.

No prior equipment is required but is welcomed.

It is only suitable for children aged 12 and above. Warm clothes, suitable footwear, a torch and blanket are advised.

Tickets cost £10 and can be found on the Cadw website.