Stargazing along the Northumberland Coast

Tuesday 21/01/2014

Stargazing along the Northumberland Coast

Four fabulous stargazing events are being organised by the Northumberland Coast AONB
Partnership and Northumberland Astronomical Society (NASTRO) and will take place over the next
three months. STARGAZERS will have the opportunity to observe the night sky at fantastic venues
along the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with expert guidance
and assistance from NASTRO.

The first stargazing evening is being held at the Tin Church, Low Newton on Tuesday 28th January,
followed by Lindisfarne Castle on Friday 14th February, Bamburgh Pavilion on Saturday 15th March
and finally on Saturday 22nd March at Hunting Hall Farm, Lowick. The AONB Partnership and
NASTRO are grateful to the National Trust at Lindisfarne Castle, Tom and Karen Burn at Hunting Hall
and both Low Newton and Bamburgh Parish Councils for supporting these events.

Each event will run from 8.00pm to 10.00pm, it will feature an indoor guided tour of the Solar
System, a Laser guided tour of the night sky, a series of other short talks and, weather permitting,
be followed by an opportunity to observe the stars using a variety of telescopes.

All four events are free but booking is essential as spaces are limited - please follow the links below
to book your places - Refreshments will be available and the events are suitable for all ages but
strictly no dogs allowed. Please bring suitable warm clothing and a torch.

Tuesday 28th January – The Tin Church at Low Newton

Friday 14th February – Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

Saturday 15th March – The Pavilion, Bamburgh

Saturday 22nd March – Hunting Hall Farm, Lowick

The events are part of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership’s objective to raise awareness
of the importance of the area’s dark skies. The overall purpose of the AONB is to conserve and
enhance its wonderful natural and cultural heritage. The night sky has been recognised as an
important element of the experience of that heritage. Increasing light pollution, even in rural
Northumberland, jeopardises the dark sky quality. The exceptional quality of the dark skies in
Northumberland was recently recognised with the awarding of 'Gold Tier Status' Dark Sky Reserve.

“Dark skies are incredibly precious” said Jessica Turner of the AONB Partnership, “The opportunity
to experience the wonder of the stunning dark skies is available to all in and around the AONB. The
AONB Partnership is keen to raise awareness of the night sky, and the importance of reducing light
pollution. It is hoped that this series of events will highlight the treasure that is above us and go
some way to ensuring its long term protection".

Binoculars and telescopes will be available, but participants are invited to bring own. The experts
from NASTRO will on hand to provide advice and are able to cater for all levels of expertise and
knowledge. Ian Glendinning from NASTRO said “NASTRO aims to promote astronomy and science
education in the community and has an active outreach programme. We are really looking forward
to these events along the coast, meeting new stargazers and conversing with experienced
astronomers alike.”

For further information please contact Jessica Turner on 01670 622648 or email -
Jessica.turner@northumberland.gov.uk

 

Published: Tuesday 21/01/2014

By Visit Northumberland

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