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Dark Sky bid on track as chiefs reveal single Northumberland park plan

Dark Sky bid on track as chiefs reveal single Northumberland park plan

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

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!

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BBC’s Sky At Night unveils the Sir Patrick Moore Observatory at The Kielder Observatory

BBC’s Sky At Night unveils the Sir Patrick Moore Observatory at The Kielder Observatory

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  February 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland Dark Sky plan gets backing from world-famous observatory

Northumberland Dark Sky plan gets backing from world-famous observatory

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Stonehaugh Northumberland sets its sights high for a Dark Sky boost

Stonehaugh Northumberland sets its sights high for a Dark Sky boost

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland National Park hosts dark skies event

Northumberland National Park hosts dark skies event

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumbrian dark skies fan creates stunning image as a homage to Hubble

Northumbrian dark skies fan creates stunning image as a homage to Hubble

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Dr Adrian Jannetta, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of Northumberland Astronomical Society

Dr Adrian Jannetta, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of Northumberland Astronomical Society

Other posts by  |  September 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland star gazing event takes advantage of dark skies at Kielder Castle

Northumberland star gazing event takes advantage of dark skies at Kielder Castle

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland could be home to Europe’s largest dark sky preserve

Northumberland could be home to Europe’s largest dark sky preserve

Other posts by  |  May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Monitoring the Milky Way at Life Newcastle upon Tyne

Monitoring the Milky Way at Life Newcastle upon Tyne

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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The Northern Lights visible from Northumberland

The Northern Lights visible from Northumberland

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  January 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

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

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‘Where are the aliens?,’ asks astronomer for Stargazing Live

‘Where are the aliens?,’ asks astronomer for Stargazing Live

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Talk lifts lid on mysterious red lights in the night sky

Talk lifts lid on mysterious red lights in the night sky

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

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Stars in your eyes at Kielder

Stars in your eyes at Kielder

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  October 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Ninth Kielder Forest Star Camp is set to take place in October. More than 150 people gather kielder to star-gazing. The camp is between October 26-30.

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