Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Sunday 23rd April 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Kielder Observatory
Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, Northumberland, NE48 1EJ

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It’s location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it’s friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through Kielder Forest and up the forest track is an amazing experience in itself!

With various themed public events running 7 days a week there is plenty of opportunity to visit however bookings must be made well in advance due to the observatory’s popularity, at least several weeks for mid-week events sometimes several months for weekends. Note that event start times vary depending on the time of year.

For the best experience and to see the dark skies ensure you plan your visit around new moon. During summer book the late evening events to avoid the Sun’s twilight (and midges!).

Make the most of your trip to this remote location perhaps by staying over at Kielder Campsite, enjoy walks around Europe’s largest man-made reservoir and check out the village Pub and Castle cafe both of which serve great food.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 23/04/2017


Event organiser

Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory is organising this event

Please contact Kielder Observatory 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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