October 3, 2018
If you are into your night’s sky, then Northumberland is the perfect place for you to head to get some spectacular views of the Milky Way.
This October, you can discover this at Kielder. Kielder Village is a small, remote village in western Northumberland, 3 miles from the Scottish border. Kielder Observatory is one of the most fascinating places to visit in the UK. It has hardly any light pollution so it is the perfect place to spot satellites, stars and constellations. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will find looking up at the night’s sky truly breath taking. There is so much to see, and the more you star at it, the more you discover!
One tripadvisor reviewer said, “This really was an amazing experience. We booked for the Aurora Night on Wednesday 26th September....and the weather couldn't have been worse (Low cloud and rain). This didn't stop us having a great time. The Staff were very welcoming and were prepared for the bad weather (we are in Britain after all). They gave some fascinating talks/insights about the Aurora Borealis, as well as giving tours and talks about the two telescopes. We also had the opportunity to learn about Meteors and Meteorites, including being able to touch actual Meteorites.”
This Observatory runs various events, which cater for all levels of knowledge and for all ages. At these events, you are encouraged to ask any question. The experts are happy to discuss everything from high level cosmology through to simpler questions. No question is too silly! You can also bring children along.
At this particular event on 29th October, you can expect an introductory indoor session using a software programme. This allows you to look at all the wonders of the sky in real time. Then you will get the opportunity to go out and use binoculars or a telescope, to view some of the wonders of the sky with the naked eye. Tickets are just £5!
Autumn is a great time to view the night sky. In summer, although it is warmer in the evenings, it never gets properly dark so you may not get to see a lot, although planets can sometimes be seen pretty well. However, you can get some spectacular nights in Autumn where you can observe a whole lot more. Also, the best time to view the moon is when it is in a partial phase. Planets are unaffected by the moon and you can see Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars when they are above the horizon.
The main obstacles for your star gazing are the weather and the moon. You can use the internet to check ahead and see how likely it is that you will get a good viewing session. The night sky changes with the seasons because of the tilt of the earth at this particular time of year, so whatever time you come to visit Northumberland, you will be sure of changing views.
While in Northumberland, why not stay in a cosy Grace Darling cottage, and enjoy cuddling up by the log fire after you have seen the spectacular night sky. There are many cottages available with great views across the bay, all with well equipped kitchens, comfortable beds and great facilities all round. You can book online after seeing a whole range of photos of the cottages online.