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Our events calendar lists events both at the Observatory and other stargazing events being held in the North Pennines area. To view details about an event simply click on a calendar entry or use 'Switch to List View' to see events as a chronological list

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Upcoming events

    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Harehope Quarry Project, Frosterley

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Discover the beauty of the dark skies of the North Pennines. The evening will start with an introductory indoor session using an amazing software programme that allows you to view all the wonders of the night sky in real time.

    Afterwards, weather permitting, we will go out and using the naked eye, binoculars and a telescope, view some of the wonders of the universe.

    The activity leader, Bruce Ferguson (from Wild North Discovery), has been a keen stargazer since the early 1970s when his interest in the night sky was inspired by the gift from his dad of his first telescope, a 3-inch refractor.

    Wrap up warm and bring a red-light torch (if you have one). Not suitable for young children (under 8s). 

    Bookings via: www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/discover-the-constellations/ 

    Tickets: Families £10.00 Adults £5.00

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    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • South Tynedale Railway, The Railway Station, Alston

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Come and join us for night of stargazing! After a short chat about what is on view in the night sky and a quick introduction to how to use the telescopes and binoculars we will get outside.

    This is a ‘hands on’ event so you will learn how to move the telescopes around to different objects in the sky to discover things yourself.

    Feel free to bring your own telescope and cameras with tripods – but please be aware that you will be responsible for keeping them safe. If you decide to bring equipment, please come about 6pm to setup – we will allocate some space for you. If it is cloudy we will use software to tour the night sky, as well as handling some meteorites from Mars and the Moon.

    Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one). 

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

    Cost: Adult – £10; Child – £5; Families – £25 + Eventbrite booking fee


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    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Upper Teesdale (DL12 0XE)

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Discover the creatures that come out after dark. Craft activities and mini-beast walks aimed at children aged 4-13.

    Two sessions during the day: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

    Booking essential:  

    E: visitbowlees@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

    Telephone: 01833 622145



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    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 5:45 PM


    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    • Nenthead Village Hall, 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Come along and experience Pink Floyd’s entire ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album in the pop-up planetarium dome, with real-time visualisations and animations (not astronomy themed). A sound and light experience like no other! Shows will be starting at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

    You will have to sit on a wooden floor throughout the show (45 minutes), so please make sure this does not present any problems for you. You can bring a small cushion with you (anything bigger will not be allowed due to accessibility and the need to avoid trip hazards).

    Please note that parking is very limited at the venue – leave your car in the Nenthead Mines car park and walk up the hill to the hall. 

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

    Cost: Adults – £5 + Eventbrite booking fee


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    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM
    • Alston Town Hall, Front Street, Alston CA9 3RF

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join us in Alston Town Hall for a journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. This immersive experience will take you to infinity and beyond, touring our solar system before heading through the Milky Way to other galaxies.

    With lots of new films, the show is suitable for all ages, lasts for approximately 45 minutes, and takes place every hour, on the hour i.e. 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

    You will have to sit on a wooden floor throughout the show, so please make sure this does not present any problems for you. You can bring a small cushion with you (anything bigger will not be allowed due to accessibility and the need to avoid trip hazards). 

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

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


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    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • The Lord Crewe Arms, The Square, Blanchland

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join us in our recently renovated Gatehouse for an evening of stargazing with Joe Gordon. Joe is an expert in his field and will give a beginners’ guide to stargazing. If the weather is clear, expect a trip to the bottom of our garden to have a look through the telescopes!

    There will be hearty stew and a delicious pud to keep you warm, with the fire pits lit, cosy blankets and hot chocolate. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via The Lord Crewe Arms reception on 01434 677100 or email reception@lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk

    Cost: £30


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    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Weardale

    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.

    Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines. Experienced astronomers from the Sunderland Astronomical Society will be on hand to show you around the night sky, using a range of powerful telescopes and other specialist equipment.

    Displays and activities will be available in the Buddle House and you will be able to view projected astronomical images. All ages are welcome. Food and drink will be available.

    Wrap up warm and bring a red-light torch (if you have one). 

    Booking: Pre-booking essential. Call Killhope Museum on 013888 537505

    Cost: Adults – £4; Concessions/children – £2



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    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Durham Dales Centre Castle Gardens, Stanhope

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    This exhibition will make use of a large darkened space to project work by local photographers, featuring the dark skies and landscapes of the AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark.

    This is an immersive experience, shown on a 10-minute rolling basis. Just turn up, stay as long as you like, and enjoy the show.

    Booking: No need to book, just turn up

    Cost: Free


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    • 27 Oct 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    In this talk local astronomer and science educator Andy Gray will explore how physics and chemistry created biology.

    The atoms that make up the human body are traceable back to the stars. Andy will start with the big bang and will look to see how the atoms in us are made in the universe. You will gain an understanding of what we mean by life and then through looking at how given the conditions on Earth, the diversity of life formed here, what are the possibility for other sorts of life is likely elsewhere in the universe and will we ever hear from them.

    After Andy’s 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 if you are a member of the North Pennines Observatory (Supporting, Corporate, or a member of the North Pennines Astronomy Society).

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

    To book: www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/how-old-are-you-really/


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    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Durham Dales Centre Castle Gardens, Stanhope

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join Gary Lintern, astronomer and astrophotographer, to see some of the highlights of the spring sky in the Southern Hemisphere, live from the Australian Outback.

    Using a feed from a remote observatory, we will observe and photograph a number of objects which are only visible at the other end of the Earth, or which look different to how we see them in the UK.

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

    Cost: £10 + Eventbrite booking fee


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    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Durham Dales Centre Castle Gardens, Stanhope

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Guided by Gary Lintern, Chair of the North Pennines Astronomy Society, you will see the highlights of the autumn sky in the North Pennines, using binoculars and a telescope.

    The session will also include some remote observing on the big screen, with a live feed from an observatory in the mountains of South East Spain. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

    Cost: £10 + Eventbrite booking fee


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    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Do you have a telescope that you do not really know how to use? Or would you simply like to get more out of the equipment you have? Join us to ‘tame your telescope’. Numbers are restricted to 10 people (everyone present must have a ticket).

    There will be two trainers: Gary Lintern (experienced astrophotographer and the Chair of the North Pennines Astronomy Society) and Andy Gray (science education consultant, experienced astronomer and deep sky astrophotographer).

    Now is the time to finally learn what that equipment you have can do, and to enjoy the rewarding hobby of astronomy. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

    Cost: £25 + Eventbrite booking fee (£1 discount for members of the North Pennines Observatory – Supporting, Corporate or members of the North Pennines Astronomy Society)

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



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    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Langdon Beck Hotel, Forest-in-Teesdale

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Does ET really exist? Is there intelligent life out there and if so how will we ever get in contact? Join astronomer Richard Darn on a colourful trip through the cosmos to find answers to this time-less conundrum.

    We will discover how other planets have been detected around distant stars that might harbour life and how scientists have not yet given up of finding other organisms in our very own solar system on exotic worlds such Europa, one of Jupiter’s icy moons. Perhaps life is very rare and we are an amazing fluke of nature!

    After looking at both sides of the argument we will (weather permitting) enjoy stunning views of the starry night sky with powerful telescopes and binoculars. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one). The evening is perfect for novices and children over eight years old.

    To book go to: www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/searching-for-life/

    Tickets: Families £10.00; Adults £5.00; Concessions £2.00


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    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 31 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • High Forest Community Centre, Sinderhope NE47 9SB

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join Joe Gordon, local astronomer, for an evening looking at spooky space!

    First fright – we will be wondering about the ancient sacred festivals of Halloween and the origins of spirits and fairies.

    Second scare – we will look at where the Earth is in its orbit around the sun today and why that is important. Joe will need some volunteers to help out especially if they happen to be wearing a spooky outfit.

    Third terror – see what we can identify in the night sky tonight. Are the lights in the sky spirits and fairies or are they planets, remnants of exploded stars or galaxies millions of light years away.

    Weather permitting we will do some stargazing as part of the evening. Feel free to bring your camera and tripod to capture some beautiful views of the Milky Way will be overhead in the night sky. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

    To book go to: www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/spooky-space/

    Tickets: Families £10.00; Adult £5.00; Concessions £2.00


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    • 1 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 1 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join Gary Lintern to learn the basics of astrophotography and nighttime landscape photography. After a short discussion about equipment and techniques, we will head to Low Force.

    The Moon will be rising just before midnight, so the sky will be completely dark. Subject to conditions, we will be able to see and photograph the Milky Way.

    You will need a camera on which you can adjust the focus, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO manually and a tripod. The best lens would be a wide landscape lens with a wide aperture, but we can work with whatever you have. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

    There are two sessions to choose from: 6.30 to 8pm; and 8.30 to 10pm.

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

    Cost: Adults – £25 + Eventbrite booking fee


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    • 1 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Lord Crewe Arms, The Square, Blanchland

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join us in our recently renovated Gatehouse for an evening of stargazing with Joe Gordon. Joe is an expert in his field and will give a beginners’ guide to stargazing. If the weather is clear, expect a trip to the bottom of our garden to have a look through the telescopes!

    There will be hearty stew and a delicious pud to keep you warm, with the fire pits lit, cosy blankets and hot chocolate. Wrap up warm and bring a red light torch (if you have one).

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via The Lord Crewe Arms reception on 01434 677100 or email reception@lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk

    Cost: £30


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    • 2 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    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


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    • 3 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 3 Nov 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM
    • Allendale Village Hall, Allendale NE47 9PR

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join us in Allendale Village Hall for a journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. This immersive experience will take you to infinity and beyond, touring our solar system before heading through the Milky Way to other galaxies.

    With lots of new films, the show is suitable for all ages, lasts for approximately 45 minutes, and takes place every hour, on the hour i.e. 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

    You will have to sit on a wooden floor throughout the show, so please make sure this does not present any problems for you. You can bring a small cushion with you (anything bigger will not be allowed due to accessibility and the need to avoid trip hazards). 

    Booking: Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite

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

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    • 3 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Witness beautiful trails made by unseen cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us and our world. A cloud chamber gives us a glimpse into the invisible world of particles produced in the radioactive decay of naturally occurring elements and those generated when cosmic rays strike the top of the Earth’s atmosphere.

    You will make your own mini-cloud chamber from simple materials and see a larger cloud chamber in action. Using a sealed plastic container, some pure alcohol and dry ice you will create a super-saturated environment where the invisible charged particles ionize the vapour in their path triggering a condensation process in the ‘cloud’. We will then discuss how a cloud chamber works and think about other even more elusive particles such as dark matter that scientists are unable to detect at present.

    It is suitable for adults and children 12 and over (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult).

    The workshop is led by Susan Eyre, an artist who is interested in ways of visualising the unseen activity of matter around us and how we relate to the idea that m

    Access to the Observatory is via an extremely steep access road and there is only very limited space for parking – details hereost of our universe is beyond our perception; sponsored by the Institute of Physics; and part of Allenheads Contemporary Art’s Beyond Programme.

    To book contact: helenshead@acart.org.uk

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



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    • 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    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.



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    • 4 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle

    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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Follow the themed trail from Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale to discover the planets in the grounds. Complete the whole self-guided trail to unlock the secret word and win a space-themed prize! Bring warm/waterproof clothing and wear boots/wellies.

    Booking: Not needed, just turn up

    Cost: Children – 50p


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    • 4 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 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.

    www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk

    Join us up at the North Pennines Observatory for a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece, in association with Allenheads Contemporary Arts. This classic sci-fi film was digitally remastered in 2017 for its 40th birthday.

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

    To book go to: www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/close-encounters-of-the-third-kind/

    TICKETS: Adults £7.50; Observatory Members £6.50

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



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    • 11 Nov 2018


    The Taurid is a long-running minor - and slow - meteor shower, it only produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.

    The shower runs annually from October to November, with two separate showers with the South Taurids set to peak this year on the night of November 4 and the North Taurids on November 11 but the stretched-out nature could see peak viewing up to November 17 .

    It has a high percentage of fireballs, or exceptionally bright meteors so should be easy to see providing the skies are clear.


    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 11:59 PM
    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 AM


    November’s Leonid meteor shower happens every year between the 6th and the 30th. It occurs when Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

    This year it will peak after midnight between November 17 and 18. The Leonid shower is unique because it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years - this is where hundreds of meteors can be seen per hour. The last time this happened was in 2001.


    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads
    • 15
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    The Moon will be up, so during this session we'll look at it unaided, and using binoculars and the Observatory telescopes. Gary Lintern will lead with a talk about astronomy equipment, and how to plan an observing session, including advice on weather and finding which objects/events may be visible. It's the night after the Leonid meteor shower, so we may also see a few stragglers. Could be another chance to see Mars - and perhaps Venus.

    FREE REFRESHMENTS

    Remember to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear and to bring a torch to see your way back to your car. DIRECTIONS 

    Pre-registration is required to attend this event because capacity at the Observatory is limited.  

    (Note: If this event becomes over-subscribed then an additional event will be arranged for a later date) 

    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 5:39 AM


    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 14 Dec 2018

    In 2018, the Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14.

    The Geminid meteor shower can be seen every year between December 4 and December 16, with its peak activity being around December 13-14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky.

    Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are not associated with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit the Sun.

    The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak, which is on December 13th or 14th 2018

    While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest looking towards the south to view the Geminids.

    The best time to view the Geminids is at night – after sunset and before sunrise.


    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads
    • 30
    Register

    The Moon will be bright in the sky again for this member's evening  and, as well as observing it, Gary Lintern will explain its features and how it appears and moves, throughout the lunar month. As it's the end of the year, it will be the perfect opportunity for a preview of 2019, and what some of the key astronomical events are.

    Could be another chance to see Venus. It's also a couple of nights after the Geminid meteor shower, and the peak of the Coma Berenicids, so we may observe the odd meteor.

    FREE REFRESHMENTS

    Remember to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear and to bring a torch to see your way back to your car. DIRECTIONS 

    Pre-registration is required to attend this event because capacity at the Observatory is limited.  

    (Note: If this event becomes over-subscribed then an additional event will be arranged for a later date) 

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    • 22 Dec 2018


    The Ursids shower arrives each year between December 17 and December 23. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 8/P Tuttle and is also called the Mechain-Tuttle’s.

    Unfortunately 2018 is not expected to be a particularly dramatic display.

    This year it will peak on the night of December 22 but this will coincide with a full moon which won't help visibility or viewing. The Ursids meteor shower has been known to produce short bursts of over 100 meteors per hour. But typically the shower is much sparser than that. In a dark sky, it might produce only five to 10 meteors per hour at its peak.


    • 22 Dec 2018
    • 5:48 PM


    • 13 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads
    • 30
    Register

    January is a really nice time of the year for observing the night sky, with the return of some very bright stars, and iconic constellations, such as Orion.  Gary Lintern will start the session with a talk on how to set up and use the Observatory telescopes and the fantastic astronomy software that is now available. The Moon will be up, and Venus should be very prominent.

    FREE REFRESHMENTS

    Remember to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear and to bring a torch to see your way back to your car. DIRECTIONS 

    Pre-registration is required to attend this event because capacity at the Observatory is limited.  

    (Note: If this event becomes over-subscribed then an additional event will be arranged for a later date) 

    • 3 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads
    • 30
    Register

    This will be a Moonless evening, so our focus will be on deep sky objects and the Milky Way. Gary Lintern will talk on observing and photographing the Milky Way, and we plan to spend a lot of time at the telescope, looking as stars, nebulae, and other galaxies.

    FREE REFRESHMENTS

    Remember to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear and to bring a torch to see your way back to your car. DIRECTIONS 

    Pre-registration is required to attend this event because capacity at the Observatory is limited.  

    (Note: If this event becomes over-subscribed then an additional event will be arranged for a later date) 

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    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads
    • 30
    Register

    This will be the last Members evening of the 2018/19 observing season and the Moon will be up.  However,  it should be a very good nice for observing planets, especially Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.  Gary Lintern will talk about our own Solar System, including origins and characteristics of the planets.


    FREE REFRESHMENTS

    Remember to wrap up warm, wear appropriate footwear and to bring a torch to see your way back to your car. DIRECTIONS 

    Pre-registration is required to attend this event because capacity at the Observatory is limited.  

    (Note: If this event becomes over-subscribed then an additional event will be arranged for a later date) 

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Past events

23 Oct 2018 Secondary Rocket Workshop (Ages 11+)
23 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
23 Oct 2018 Primary Rocket Workshop (Ages 5-10)
22 Oct 2018 Pop-up Planetarium @ Stanhope
22 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
21 Oct 2018 Astronomical event: Orionid meteor shower
21 Oct 2018 Solar System Walk & Diorama Workshop
20 Oct 2018 The Science of the Moon and the Stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
20 Oct 2018 Silk Painting a Constellation
19 Oct 2018 Star Camp
7 Oct 2018 Astronomical event: Draconid meteor shower
30 Sep 2018 Members evening: Visually Observing the Night Sky
25 Sep 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
26 Aug 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
13 Aug 2018 Astronomical event: Perseid Meteor shower
12 Aug 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower @ Killhope
29 Jul 2018 Astronomical event: Delta Aquarid meteor shower
27 Jul 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
28 Jun 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
2 Jun 2018 Sunset to Sunrise at the Cosmic Pond
31 May 2018 EXOPLANET TO BEYOND children’s drawing workshop
29 May 2018 Full Moon at the Cosmic Pond
29 May 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
6 May 2018 Astronomical event: Eta Aquarid meteor shower
5 May 2018 Astrophysics & Astronomy Today - NEWCASTLE
30 Apr 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
22 Apr 2018 Astronomical event: The Lyrid meteor shower
31 Mar 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
23 Mar 2018 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
19 Mar 2018 Corporate Induction & Star Tips for Profit Workshop
10 Mar 2018 Members evening: Mythology of the Night Sky
2 Mar 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
17 Feb 2018 Members evening: Gazing at the Milky Way
2 Feb 2018 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
31 Jan 2018 Astronomical event: 'super blue blood' full moon
20 Jan 2018 Members evening: Observing the Night Sky
15 Dec 2017 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
30 Nov 2017 Skywatch: Organised by the North Pennines Astronomy Society - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
11 Nov 2017 Members evening: Introduction to telescopes & night sky photography
29 Oct 2017 Eclipses Uncovered
28 Oct 2017 Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 3)
28 Oct 2017 Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 2)
28 Oct 2017 Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 1)
27 Oct 2017 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
27 Oct 2017 Real Astronomy
27 Oct 2017 Pop-up Planetarium @ Stanhope
26 Oct 2017 Skywatch @ Killhope Museum
25 Oct 2017 Stargazing and Astrophotography for Beginners
25 Oct 2017 Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston
24 Oct 2017 Constellations – Myths, Legends and Recognition
23 Oct 2017 Pop-up Planetarium @ Allendale
21 Oct 2017 Astrophotography Workshop
21 Oct 2017 Tour of our Solar System
19 Oct 2017 Stargazing Students workshop
15 Oct 2017 Stargazing Students workshop
6 Oct 2017 North Pennines Observatory Official Opening

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