The award-winning Kielder Observatory in Northumberland has expanded its annual events programme meaning more people can experience and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.
The popular visitor attraction, set in the heart of Kielder Forest and in the International Dark Sky Park, opened its second state-of-the-art observatory in April 2018 and has launched two brand new events with more to come in September.
Gary Fildes, founder and CEO of Kielder Observatory, said: “Many people assume the summer is not as good a time to look at the night sky but they couldn’t be more wrong. “The summer months and leading into the autumn are the best time to see the planets. Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn all come into view.
“The opening of our new observatory has allowed us to expand our events programme right through the summer months and beyond. It means more people can visit our world-class facilities to marvel at the stars and planets.”
Kielder Observatory’s new series of events – Physics in the Forest – are designed to provide a more in-depth understanding of the night sky. Led by a team of academic astronomers, the events include a combination of sky observing, talks and tours of the high tech instruments and instrumentation at the new Gillian Dickinson Astroimaging Academy.
‘Exoplanets: The search for Earth 2.0’ explores the field of Exoplanet Astronomy and examines what factors made the Earth such a haven for life. It also looks at how astronomers are overcoming the challenge of just defining ‘habitable’ for planets. ‘Cosmology: The Observations which Changed the Universe’ looks at some of the recent major discoveries that have changed our outlook on the Universe, including the Big Bang and Dark Energy.
In September, a new series of ‘Introduction to Astronomy’ events begin at Kielder Observatory. The two-hour events, which will take place between 5 and 7pm, are designed for families of all ages and will include individual sessions on ‘Navigating the Sky’, ‘Solar System’ and ‘Earth in Space’. The early evening start time gives younger children the chance to visit Kielder Observatory and learn more about science and astronomy. The new regular series of ‘Introduction to Astronomy’ events will also allow for more flexible booking, including on the day. Tickets for Physics in the Forest and Introduction to Astronomy are available to book now at www.kielderobservatory.org
Gary continued: “As well as being one of best places in the world to view the night sky, Kielder Observatory is also a fantastic place to learn. Our focus on education and outreach has seen us work with schools across the North East and we hope to expand our work even further later this year.”
To celebrate the arrival of the summer holidays and the launch of its new, expanded events programme, Kielder Observatory has introduced a 20% discount on tickets purchased in July.
Published: Friday 13/07/2018
By Visit Northumberland