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The Dark Side of the Universe

  • 3 Nov 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads

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.


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, which is 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 we will do some stargazing (weather permitting). Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one). 

£1 discount off ticket prices for members of the North Pennines Observatory (Supporting, Corporate or members of the North Pennines Astronomy Society).

To book go to: www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/the-dark-side-of-the-universe/

TICKETS: Families £10.00; Discount Families £9.00; Adults £5.00; Discount Adults £4.00; Concessions £2.00; Discount concessions £1.00

Access to the Observatory is via an extremely steep access road and there is only very limited space for parking – access details here.

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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