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Nenthead Mines Stargazing

  • 2 Nov 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Nenthead Mines, Nenthead

This event is part of the second annual North Pennines Stargazing Festival running between 20 Oct-04 Nov 2018, during Half-Term.   Organised by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and supported by: Durham County Council; Northumberland County Council and Visit County Durham, the 2018 Stargazing Festival will take advantage of the area's stunning dark skyscape with 30 events over the two weeks unlocking the wonders of the night sky. If you are an existing Supporting Members of North Pennines Observatory you can enjoy discounted ticket prices for some paid-for events during the festival.


We will start with a talk from Andy Gray on ‘Why Space Travel is Hard’ The talk will explore the science of travel, time and space and will consider why humans need to travel into space.

We will look at the science of what is involved to get us into space (relatively easy), onto the moon (a bit trickier but we have already been) and other planets in the solar system (much more awkward). Finally we will consider how likely it will be for humans to ever travel to other stars or galaxies.

After Andy’s talk astronomers from Bishop Auckland Astronomical Society will be on hand with their telescopes to do some live stargazing (weather permitting) with us. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

Cost: Adults – £5; Concessions – £2; Families – £10 + Eventbrite booking fee

The North Pennines Observatory is owned and operated by the North Pennines AONB Partnership

The Observatory is currently only available for private bookings

North Pennines AONB Partnership, Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, Northumberland NE47 9PR 

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