Easter stargazing in Northumberland

Posted on 07th April 2014 | in NASTRO

NASTRO-logoThe Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership and Northumberland Astronomical Society (NASTRO) are delighted to announce that they are holding a Stargazing event as part of the 2014 International Dark Sky Week 20th – 26th April.

The event will be held on Tuesday 22nd April starting at 8.00pm at the Barn at Beal, with the café kindly opening in order to serve hot and cold drinks and a selection of cakes.

STARGAZERS will be able to observe the fantastic night sky from the vantage point of the Barn at Beal which has far reaching views across to Holy Island and along the Northumberland Coast AONB.

This event is part of International Dark Sky Week but is also timed with the possibility of seeing the annual Lyrid meteor shower – April’s shooting stars – which last from about 16th- 25th April. The Lyrid shower usually produces about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It peaks this year on the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd.

The event will run from 8.00pm to 11.00pm, it will feature an indoor guided tour of the Solar System, a Laser guided tour of the night sky,  a series of other short talks and, weather permitting, be followed by an opportunity to observe the stars using a variety of telescopes.

The event is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited – please follow the link below to book your places – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stargazing-evening-at-the-barn-at-beal-tickets-11202120845 – the event is suitable for most age groups but strictly no dogs allowed. Please bring suitable warm clothing and a torch.

“It is very exciting to be taking part in celebrating International Dark Sky Week” said Jessica Turner of the AONB Partnership, “The Dark skies in and around the AONB  are incredibly precious and this is a great opportunity for all to experience the wonder of the stunning dark skies. The AONB Partnership is keen to raise awareness of the night sky and the importance of reducing light pollution”.

Binoculars and telescopes will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own. The experts from NASTRO will on hand to provide advice and are able to cater for all levels of expertise and knowledge. Ian Glendinning from NASTRO said “NASTRO aims to promote astronomy and science education in the community and has an active outreach programme. We are really looking forward to this International Dark Sky Event, meeting new stargazers and conversing with experienced astronomers alike.”


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