Tag: Northumberland dark skies
Organisations in Northumberland have revealed more details about Northumberland’s Dark Skies park plan. They are putting together a bid to have a designated as an international preserve dark sky park for the quality of its starry skies by this Autumn. Find out more about this exciting new venture!
The largest observatory at Kielder has been renamed The Sir Patrick Moore Observatory, after the famous astronomer who died in late 2012. The renaming was done by members of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme and members of the local Astronomical Society. It was done while the BBC was filming a programme for the series at Kielder.
Northumerland’s dark skies bid has received some impressive backing with the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics expressing a desire to support the initiative. The centre recognises the growing interest that people have in the skies, and believes that the few remaining dark sky sites should be protected as valuable resources.
Astronomy and dark sky fans are in for at treat on Oct. 27 when the Forestry Commission and Wark Parish Council hold a free star party at Stonehaugh – and everyone is invited. You’ll get a chance to explore the night skies through powerful telescopes.
Cawfields Car Park on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland is one of the best places to see the starts. It is recognised officially as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. Northumberland National Park with Newcastle Astronomical Society and Herding Hill Farm will host a Dark Skies event at that place on the 20th October 2012. Book ahead to attend.
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.
Dr Adrian Jannetta, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of Northumberland Astronomical Society
Dr Adrian Jannetta is chair of the Northumberland Astronomical Society. Here he reveals some of some of Northumberland’s best kept secrets, including beaches, where to rock pool, and historical places to explore and discover.
The Forestry Commission and Sunderland Astronomical Society are staging a special event in October at Kielder where people will be able to see the Milky Way. Stargazers will use extremely powerful telescopes at Kielder Castle, enjoying stunning views of star clusters and taking tours of constellations.
Kielder Water & Forest Park and Northumberland National Park are hoping that Northumberland in the North of England will soon be home to an area of protected starry dark sky. They are talking with residents, parish councils and businesses to explain the proposals and gauge feedback prior to making an application to International Dark Skies Association (IDA), based in Tucson, USA to create a Dark Sky Park in Northumberland. If successful, it would be the third largest area of dark sky in the world.
Newcastle’s Life Science Centre will take visitors through the February night skies. Each month the centre’s Planetarium will give a unique Live Skies event. they are narrated by Life’s head of public engagement, Elin Roberts, and the the presentations are ever-changing and relevant to the time of year. The next event will be hosted by a guest, Dr Andrew Fletcher, from Newcastle University’s School of Mathematics.
These images of the Northern Lights over Northumberland were take on January 22 near Morpeth. The Northumberland Astronomical Association has shared of its images of the Northern Lights – auroro borealis – which have been visible in parts of the county in the last few days
Dr Adrian Jannetta, a Northumberland astronomer will give a talk as part of BBC Two’s Stargazing Live 2012 programme. In his talk at Bamburgh CAstle he will ask “Where are the Aliens?” Stargazing Live has events across the UK in January and Dr Jannetta’s talk will take place on January 14.
A Canadian artist will discuss his search for elusive meteorological phenomenon at Newcastle’s Great North Museum: Hancock. Peter McLeish will talk about red sprites , which are electrical storms high in the atmosphere and often associated with thunderstorms. The first pictures of a sprite were taken from the space shuttle in 1989 and from 1990 to 1994 over 20 more images were obtained. Before they were properly understood red sprites were considered to be UFOs by many pilots.