Deep in the heart of Northumberland you can experience a night sky which is out of this world..
According to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park are the darkest in England.
Little light pollution makes us a fantastic place for star gazing and as seen on Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland, we are home to the impressive Kielder Observatory http://www.visitkielder.com/visit/kielder-observatory
Our skies are so truly dark that together with Northumberland National Park, we are working to secure dark sky status for nearly 1,500 square-kilometres of spectacular Northumberland countryside in what would become Europe’s largest area of protected starry dark sky.
The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) who run the dark skies scheme, are the leading international organisation in reducing light pollution, conserving energy and looking after nature.
Should we successfully achieve Dark Sky Park status, we would become the first in England and one of the largest in the world, joining the likes of Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Parks in the USA.
Becoming a Dark Sky Park means that our night skies will be kept free from light pollution and we can create more opportunities for people to be inspired by the stars.
Kielder Observatory is open all year round and hosts events from open days and interactive shows, to observing nights and lectures. Go to the events page for more info.
Even if you don’t fancy a trip to the observatory, the Park itself is equally a star gazing and astronomy heaven! The best time for stargazing is during the autumn and winter months, when the nights draw in. Pack up your binoculars, a deckchair and a hot drink and sit back and enjoy a star-studded show.
Watch the Sky News interview with Gary Fildes from Kielder Observatory about the Dark Skies bid.
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Do you think there’s an orange sky glow due to light pollution? What do you think about our aim to secure Dark Sky status? Join the discussion on our Facebook page – we’d love to hear from you.
Dark Sky Film
Whitley Bay film maker Cain Scrimgeour has produced a stunning four minute film to capture the magic of the universe after spending many hours under clear skies. The film was commissioned by Kielder Water & Forest Park and the Northumberland National Park.