Stargazing at Chillingham Castle on the 9th November 2019

Handle four billion year space rocks, see stunning images of the night sky taken from Northumberland, learn how to spot shooting stars and the Northern Lights, and weather permitting view glittering star clusters and craters and mountains on the moon using powerful telescopes.  We’ll even show you how to capture pictures of the lunar surface with your mobile phone. 

6.30pm for 7pm start.

Welcome and Refreshments (a hearty Northumbrian soup).

First talk – Top ten things to see in the Northumberland night sky – the darkest in England!

Break for coffee/tea & biscuits.

Second Talk (Plan B) Tours of the night sky using special planetarium software.

or if weather clear

Outside on the lawn using the telescopes.

Event is perfect for novices.

Event leaders:

Astronomer Richard Darn was part of the group that saw Northumberland become Europe’s biggest international dark sky park in 2013 and helped launch Kielder Observatory. He also co-founded the Kielder Forest Star Camp and works with national parks, including Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, plus the North Pennines AONB on dark sky conservation. He has appeared on BBC Sky at Night and Stargazing Live and has numerous TV and radio appearances to his credit.

Neill Saunders runs one of the UK’s most popular astronomy websites – Go Stargazing – and worked at Kielder Observatory for many years before bringing astronomy outreach to more people across the north east of England. His far flung adventures have included visiting the major observatories of Chile and chasing Northern lights in Iceland.

This event is being organised by Go Stargazing who should be contacted if you have any queries.

Tickets (limited) are priced at £40 a person and can be purchased from the Estate Office during office hours (01668 215359).