TransPennine Express commissions discovery of 12 new constellations, including one visible from Scarborough

Stargazers looking up at the night sky in Scarborough are likely to spot a local landmark.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:53 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:53 am

That's because a new constellation visible from the town has been named 'Scarborough Castle'.

Presenter of BBC’s Stargazing Live, Mark Thompson, has identified 12 new constellations that also include the Manchester Bee, a symbol Mancunians hold close to their heart, the Cutty Sark, a nod to Glasgow’s famous ship building history and Edinburgh Castle.

He was commissioned by rail company TransPennine Express.

The new constellation visible from Scarborough has been named 'Scarborough Castle'.

Astronomer Mark Thompson said: “Children in the future won’t be trying to spot Orion’s Belt or The Plough, they’ll be stargazing at The Beatles, Alan Shearer and the Humber Bridge.

“It is a great time of year for scanning the night sky, as the darker nights allow for much better visibility. I hope people will take the opportunity to spot the new constellations.

“As an avid stargazer I took great pleasure in finding these new constellations and working with TransPennine Express, we decided to find ones that would be relevant and have meaning to the people living in cities across the UK.”

The full list of constellations are: Scarborough Castle – visible from Scarborough; Humber Bridge – visible from Hull; Alan Shearer – visible from Newcastle; Parmo and Chips – visible from Middlesbrough; Manchester Bee – visible from Manchester; The Beatles – visible from Liverpool; Viking Helmet – visible from York; Iron Girder – visible from Sheffield; Edinburgh Castle – visible from Edinburgh; Sir Tom Finney – visible from Preston; Leeds Ram – visible from Leeds; Cutty Sark – visible from Glasgow; TransPennine Express Star – visible from Manchester.

Leo Goodwin, Managing Director at TransPennine Express, said: “We wanted to celebrate all of the cities we serve in the UK and what better way than to give each city their own constellation that the residents can relate to. Mark’s unrivalled knowledge of the skies has given way to twelve fantastic new constellations.”