North York Moors Dark Skies Fringe Festival 2020

The dark skies above the North York Moors offer a lot to celebrate and a variety of stargazing events taking place as part of this half-term festival offers lots of opportunities to experience this stunning part of Yorkshire, by day and of course by night! For more details on the range of events on offer, including night time nature walks to climbing rope bridges in darkness, see the official website.

Also look out for the North York Moors main dark skies festival which takes place each year during February.

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Fox and Hounds Stargazing Break & Photography Competition

The Fox and Hounds invite Facebook and Instagram users to get out and photograph the night sky. The best capture voted by the team will win a 3-course meal for two at The Fox and Hounds.Make a holiday of it and stay in their Dark Skies Friendly...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 16:00pm to Sunday 25th October 2020 12:00pm

Stargazing Break to Carr House Farm B&B

Enjoy exclusivity for up to six people and spend time with loved ones during a three night stay at Carr House Farm B&B, a 16th century farmhouse set in an English country garden, with bluebell woods, fruit orchards and of course dark starry skies...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 16:00pm to Monday 26th October 2020 12:00pm

Deep Sky Exploring at Dalby

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky in one of the darkest places in the National Park- Dalby Forest with the team from Hidden Horizons. We'll be focusing on objects in our solar system (the moon and other planets) as well as stars that reside far...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 18:00pm to Sunday 1st November 2020 21:00pm

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A Place for Pluto - bedtime story

Pluto gets the shock of his life when he finds out he’s not a planet. He feels lost and confused and left out. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. But instead of giving up, Pluto takes off! Now he’s on a voyage to discover who he really is and to find...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 18:30pm to Sunday 1st November 2020 19:30pm

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The Search for Dark Energy

If you have heard of dark energy but are unsure what it is then there are few people better qualified to tell you all about it than Dr Luke Tyas, Lead Astronomer for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).Dr Luke works as an optical...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

Mars Observation Evening at the Bruce Observatory

Mars reaches a very favourable opposition for UK observers this October. It presents a wonderful opportunity to see the Red Planet through the Cooke refractor at the Bruce Observatory with Whitby & District Astronomical Society.Group sizes are...

Friday 23rd October 2020 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

A Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky

Join astronomer Neill Sanders for this introduction on how to find your way around the night-time skies. Neill will use the fantastic "Stellarium" planterium software to show you how to spot planets, identify some of the brighter stars and...

Saturday 24th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

Dark Skies walk at Sutton Bank

Home to ‘England’s Finest View’ from the scarp of Sutton Bank over the Vale of York, this walk takes us along the edge of the North York Moors, where woodland clings to the slopes. Experience with a friendly group and a leader who can take you...

Saturday 24th October 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Latest Developments in Solar System Exploration

In this talk Dr Fred Stevenson looks at the most recent space missions exploring the solar system. As well as the major planets, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, there are exciting missions that hope to retrieve samples of 'soil' from two different...

Sunday 25th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

The Biological Universe - how abundant is life?

Join Professor Wallace Arthur, Emeritus Professor of Zoology from the National University of Ireland, who will present a fascinating exploration into life in the Universe.Author of numerous books including his most recent publication "The...

Monday 26th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

Astro-photography evening with Landscape Photographer Steve Bell

Learn everything there is to know during a bespoke evening with renowned astro-photographer Steve Bell. Under his guidance and expertise you'll be taught the techniques to produce spectacular images of the night sky.Steve Bell is a dark skies...

Monday 26th October 2020 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Reverse through the Universe

Join Martin Whipp, Lead Astronomer from the Lime Tree Observatory, on an adventure through the Solar System! We will start off very small (inside the human eye) and pull back, giving a larger and larger view until we reach the outer limits of the...

Tuesday 27th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

All About the Aurora (live from the Arctic Circle!)

Join astronomer and aurora expert Matt Robinson who will be broadcasting from the Norwegian island of Senja! Matt will tell you all about the aurora, why they are also called the Northern Lights and how you might spot them from the UK -- it's...

Wednesday 28th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

Real Astronomy - What can you see using a telescope?

In this presentation Richard Darn will give you the low down on what you can really expect from a stargazing experience and what things really look like through a telescope. It's all a long way from the glitzy images you see in magazines, but in...

Thursday 29th October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

Art and Astronomy Seminar with Lumen Studios

Lumen are a London-based art collective brought together by a shared interest in themes of astronomy and light. Launched in December 2014 by artists Louise Beer, Melanie King and Rebecca Huxley, they have curated or co-curated over 70 exhibitions...

Friday 30th October 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Mars Observation Evening at the Bruce Observatory

Mars reaches a very favourable opposition for UK observers this October. It presents a wonderful opportunity to see the Red Planet through the Cooke refractor at the Bruce Observatory with Whitby & District Astronomical Society.Group sizes are...

Friday 30th October 2020 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

The Story of Solarcan

Astronomer, artist and inventor Sam Cornwell will share his journey with you behind Solarcan -- a solargraphy camera that takes long exposures of the Sun -- and how it went from an idea into a fully fledged commercial astronomy product.This...

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Black Holes and the Event Horizon Telescope

In this talk Dr Fred considers one of the strangest phenomena in the universe - that of the black-hole. As well as an introduction to black holes the talk will discuss the recent very first direct image of a black hole and how it was made. Finally...

Sunday 1st November 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

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