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Upcoming events

    • 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
    • 12
    Register


    Unfortunately we have been obliged to cancel this scheduled Members' evening.  Our next Members' evening will be on Sunday 13th January 2019

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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.  Fred Stevenson will start the session with a talk on Moon and particularly eclipses, as there is a total lunar eclipse coming up on Jan 21st. 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) 

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    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 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. Fred Stevenson will present an introduction to cosmology, and we hope 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 again be up.  However,  it should be a very good nice for observing planets, especially Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.  Fred Stevenson 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 Nov 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
18 Nov 2018 Members evening: Observing the Moon
17 Nov 2018 Astronomical event: Leonid meteor shower
11 Nov 2018 Astronomical event: Taurid meteor shower
4 Nov 2018 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
4 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
3 Nov 2018 The Dark Side of the Universe
3 Nov 2018 Cloud Chamber Workshop
3 Nov 2018 Pop-up Planetarium @ Allendale
3 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
2 Nov 2018 Nenthead Mines Stargazing
2 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
1 Nov 2018 A Night with the Stars
1 Nov 2018 Astrophotography – Milky Way and Waterfalls
1 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
31 Oct 2018 Spooky Space
31 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
30 Oct 2018 Searching for Life
30 Oct 2018 Tame Your Telescope
30 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
29 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
28 Oct 2018 Skywatch@Stanhope
28 Oct 2018 Skywatch Down Under
28 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
27 Oct 2018 How Old Are You, Really?
27 Oct 2018 North Pennines at Night Exhibition
27 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
26 Oct 2018 Skywatch @ Killhope
26 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
25 Oct 2018 A Night with the Stars
25 Oct 2018 Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston
25 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
24 Oct 2018 Dark Side of the Moon – Planetarium Show
24 Oct 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
24 Oct 2018 In the Dark Wild Wednesday (Family activity)
24 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
23 Oct 2018 Alston Skywatch
23 Oct 2018 Discover the Constellations
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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