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Northumberland is home to the largest Dark Skies Park in Europe, following a successful bid by Northumberland National Park to create the dark skies preserve in the Border Country. It combines areas covering the national park and Kielder Water and Forest Park and will be called Northumberland International Dark Sky Park (NDSP).
An amateur astronomer and fan of Northumberland Dark Skies has created the same famous image of galaxies far away produced by the Hubble telescope in 1995. But Robbie did so by using only his own modest telescope at at Kielder Star Camp. Northumberland’s Dark Skies made it possible for Robbie to produce the image.
Calvert Trust Kielder in west Northumberland is set to mark July with a broad range of activities. They include Sharp Shooter Day every Sunday, canoeing or kayaking, star gazing events at Kielder Observatory, high rope activities, and lots more throughout the month.
According to prominent Northumberland astronomer Dr Adrian Jannetta, the Northern Lights are set to shine on in Northumberland – and indeed the North of England – in the coming weeks. The frequency with which the Northern Lights appear in our skies should increase over the next 12-18 months. This will be followed by a period of decline as the sunspot cycle winds down again.
Kielder Observatory in Kielder Water & Forest Park will host a series of star gazing events specifically aimed at kids interested in the night sky. The facility hosts a year-round programme of astronomy events. But to get the best of the darkest night skies in England, the events usually take place from 8pm till late. At February half term between 10-17, there will be additional events aimed at families that start from 5pm.