Carrshield Skywatch

Carrshield Skywatch

Friday 28th October 2022 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Carrshield Village Hall
Barney Craig, Carrshield, Northumberland, NE47 8AR

Join us for a journey from the start to the end of time – at this atmospheric venue in the West Allen Valley. Your host for the event is a local astronomer, astrophotographer and science communicator – Andy Gray.

After we have settled in, Andy Gray will talk about how telescopes have changed our view of the universe and humanity’s position within it – ‘From Lippershey to the James Webb Telescope’. Our ability to see into space and into the past has changed our view of our place from being at the centre to be almost insignificant and possibly even alone in the vastness.

We will look at how this happened from the first telescopes, looking at visible light, up to the most recent telescopes, which can observe and image at almost all the wavelengths of light. This has enabled us to learn a great deal about how stars and galaxies form, grow and die. We will be able to see how the universe looked just after the big bang and what the end of the universe might be.

Following Andy’s talk we will, sky conditions allowing, do some live stargazing – using telescopes and astronomy binoculars.

This event takes place as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2022.

Please note that this has already taken place on 28/10/2022


Event organiser

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is organising this event

Please contact North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.


Event booking

For full details on how to attend this event, including how to book, please see the event's official website.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.



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