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Kielder Observatory, Kielder

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Let this astronomy public outreach center take you on a tour of the universe. Kielder Observatory is an ideal place for stargazing, as it is situated in an area with one of the lowest levels of light pollution in the UK. Attend one of their evening events, suitable for people with all levels of astronomy knowledge and experience. Listen to a lecture in the classroom next to the log burning fire, have a cup of coffee with other interested individuals, and gaze up at the cosmos with one of the observatory’s telescopes. Booking for the events is essential. Check the observatory’s website for a list of things you should bring with you, such as warm clothes. To visit Kielder Observatory and other attractions in Kielder, use our Kielder online visit planner.
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  • Considering our Aurora star gazing night was full cloud cover with sprinklings of torrential rain!! and I thought we would only go for an hour before heading back home... I was surprised that the... 
    Considering our Aurora star gazing night was full cloud cover with sprinklings of torrential rain!! and I thought we would only go for an hour before heading back home... I was surprised that the...  more »
  • We went as A group of 8 with 4 young children and had a truly amazing experience. The staff and volunteers were exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. Not knowing what to expect... 
    We went as A group of 8 with 4 young children and had a truly amazing experience. The staff and volunteers were exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. Not knowing what to expect...  more »
  • Chose the late night session to get the most of the views - even before we got there it was spectacular as so remote. We went the day the clocks changed so didn't finish until 3am! be prepared and.....  more
    Chose the late night session to get the most of the views - even before we got there it was spectacular as so remote. We went the day the clocks changed so didn't finish until 3am! be prepared and.....  more »
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  • This visit took place on the night/morning of the 13/14th May. The day had been cloudy but there was some clearance after midnight which made viewing possible if not ideal. Nevertheless, we got an excellent chance to look at the moon on their telescopes and to see binary stars. Moreover, we were also able to view the different colours of stars which I found particularly striking. The enthusiasm of the staff was infectious and they radiated pleasure and passion. Perhaps the most impressive bit of the whole tour was the 45 minute introductory talk by a young recent graduate called Finn. I have to say he is a natural communicator. He covered views of cosmology from Ancient Egypt through to the current possible quantum origins of the birth of the universe nicely tying them together. As an undergraduate I did a module in the history of science so knew a little about Ptolemaic and Copernican theories. Finn explained those with remarkably clarity adding in a few more theories such as those of Tycho Brahe into the mix. He was able to enhance the knowledge of those who knew a little as well as those to whom this was entirely new. Overall, this was a great tour with a range of different activities.
  • My husband and I went to the Jewels of the Universe event and it was amazing. The talk was informative, delivered by a chap who was obviously passionate about his subject, which made it all the better. Looking through the Sir Patrick Moore telescope was incredible, a real privilege to see a double star and even a galaxy. We enjoyed the evening immensely
  • If you are interested in the night sky then this is a "must visit". It's hard to believe you can still find in England today dark skies like this. I attended an evening viewing session and used four different telescopes to see a variety of objects including three galaxies. The staff were so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great occasion for me. Obviously, as all astronomers know, we cannot control cloud cover but the clouds cleared during my visit so we could view. However, if you did arrive on a cloudy night i am confident the staff team would still be able to offer you an interesting and enjoyable visit.
  • I took part in the secret lives of stars in April and it was amazing, got very lucky with a clear night ! I already had a keen interest in stars but I left with greater fascination. The staff were so lovely and so knowledgeable. I will defo be back in the future. :)) would recommend it to anyone
  • Best starry night in 6 months! Talk was excellent and enthusiastic! Helped break down physics for someone who hasn't a clue! Telescopes amazing tho fiddly with my glasses! Well worth 3 he visit!

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