National Parks Virtual Dark Skies Week 2020

The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks are holding a Virtual Dark Skies Week from 23rd October 2020 to 1st November 2020 as a taster for their main Dark Skies Festival scheduled for 12th February 2021 to 28th February 2021. Go Stargazing is very pleased to be supporting this event by hosting a range of online talks and presentations all of which are ideal for novices and perfect for anyone with an interest in the night sky.

All events are FREE OF CHARGE and will take the form of a Zoom webinar with pre-registered participants having opportunity to ask the presenters questions, a live video feed of each event will also be broadcast to the Go Stargazing Facebook page which can be accessed publicly (no Facebook account required).

For more details and to register your space in the Zoom presentation please see each event below.

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Saturday 31st October 2020 from 18:30pm to 19:30pm

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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