The Dark Side of the Universe

The Dark Side of the Universe

Saturday 22nd October 2022 from 20:00pm to 22:30pm

North Pennines Observatory
The Old School House, Allenheads, Northumberland, NE47 9HR

Ever wondered what’s out there? Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach at Durham University, will guide you!

Most of our universe is missing! When we look into the night sky, we realise there is much more out there than meets the eye. Our universe is filled with mysterious dark matter, whose gravity provides the cosmic glue that holds it all together, and dark energy slowly tearing the universe apart.

It seems that darkness rules. But what is this dark stuff? How do we know it is there? What does it do? Durham University lecturer Dr Peter Edwards will provide some answers. After the talk, you’ll do some stargazing (sky conditions permitting) in the Observatory.

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

Please note that this has already taken place on 22/10/2022


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North Pennines Observatory

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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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  • Brewers Cottage – Hexham

    Leafields, Ordley, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1SX (9.9 miles away)

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