North Pennines Observatory

The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Location description

The North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads Contemporary Arts is located at the dark heart of the North Pennines AONB.

The observatory was officially opened in October 2017 and makes for an excellent resource enabling local people and visitors to take full advantage of being in a fabulous dark sky area.

The facility was developed by the North Pennines AONB Partnership for the community and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the AONB Partnership’s Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Day to day operations and management is run by Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited, a community benefit scheme, who together with a newly formed Astronomical Society offer a variety of public stargazing events throughout the year.

A visit is thoroughly recommended, prior booking required!


Location event organiser

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty organises stargazing events at this location.


Observatory

Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.


Tonight's weather forecast

23/11/17
18:00
14%
23/11/17
21:00
10%
24/11/17
00:00
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24/11/17
03:00
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Weather forecast for Sinderhope (4.29 miles away) updated 23/11/17 at 06:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at North Pennines Observatory

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to Sunday 17th December 2017 23:00pm
Observing (if clear)

North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing

Friday 2nd February 2018 from 20:00pm to Sunday 4th February 2018 23:00pm
Observing (if clear)

Gazing at the Milky Way

Saturday 17th February 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Mythology of the night sky

Saturday 10th March 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing

Friday 23rd March 2018 from 20:00pm to Sunday 25th March 2018 23:00pm
Observing (if clear)

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When to visit

The best time to visit North Pennines Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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