TO CELEBRATE the dark night skies and stargazing opportunities in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark the area’s first Stargazing Festival is being organised for Autumn Half Term. There will be lots of events across the AONB running between Saturday 21 and Sunday 29 October.
Experts astronomers from the local area and the wider region will be running a wide variety of events and stargazing opportunities, aimed at all ages, across the North Pennines. Included in the line-up are: Andy Gray fresh from observing the recent solar eclipse in the USA; Gary Lintern – astrophotographer and Chair of the North Pennines Astronomy Society; Martin Kitching – Director of Northern Experience Wildlife Tours; Bruce Ferguson from Wild North Discovery; Richard Darn – expert Yorkshire-based astronomer; and Joe Gordon from Newcastle-based Astro Laser Shows.
- Pop-up Planetarium events at Stanhope, Allendale and Alston
- Stargazing opportunities at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, South Tynedale Railway, Harehope Quarry, Allenheads and Langdon Beck
- Talks on our Solar System, Eclipses and Constellations
- Astrophotography workshops
- Beginners astronomy sessions in Teesdale and on Alston Moor
- Build your own Bottle Rocket Workshopsat Bowlees Visitor Centre, Teesdale
The festival is being organised by the North Pennines AONB partnership and is supported by Visit County Durham and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Full details at www.northpennines.org.uk/exploring/stargazing/north-pennines-stargazing-festival-2017 - including bookings, prices and links to all the individual events. For more information contact Shane Harris at the North Pennines AONB Partnership on 01388 528801 / [email protected]