This event promises to be a spectacular evening of celebration and socially distanced astronomy.
On arrival, your health and safety is our primary concern, and we have a comprehensive system in place to ensure that you have a wonderful, and safe, time with us. We have also specifically reduced attendee numbers, to assist us in our efforts to keep you safe.
The event will begin with a personal welcome from our astronomer, Gary Fildes. Gary is a very experienced science communicator and astronomer, and founder of the Kielder Observatory, where he was Director and CEO for over 11 years.
After the welcome, Gary and the team will escort you into our new state of the art classroom, which has a cosy feel, and high definition (HD) projection system. Gary will take you on a whistle stop tour of the Universe. Following this, we will split into groups and, weather depending, start observing the sky, with our array of telescopes and cameras.
We are all born with an innate sense that something else exists beyond our understanding, something so big and awe inspiring, that it seduces thought.
Where did the Universe come from?
Why are we here?
How will the Universe end?
Did it have a beginning?
We may not be able to answer all of those questions, but from our Observatory, we can explore the ideas behind the evolution of the Universe and its effect on how we view the world through the scientific lens.
Then we will look at how our own human experiences shape our understanding, question what the current big questions are, and how can we better understand them. We will look at the evolution of the theories surrounding dark matter and dark energy, and how our Universe seems to be finely tuned for life to exist in it.
As well as all of that, and once we have caught our breath, we will venture into the star studded skies and explore the heavens from our state of the art Observatory,
and view cosmologically distant galaxies, perform experiments and marvel at the Universe in which we live! What a night…!
On moon filled nights, when the Moon can be observed, and is bright in the sky, there will be a reduced amount of stars visible, although there is still lots to see.
After the observing has ended, we will snuggle back inside, with a hot drink, to view the stunning visuals, via our high definition (HD) projector, to visualise the jewels of the night sky.
Get wrapped up - it can get chilly when we are outside! During your visit we will be employing recommendations issued by our health and safety team to ensure your safety. These will mean using hand sanitisers and face masks when inside the classroom. We also operate a one way system of access and egress at the facility, we thank you in advance for your compliance in keeping us all safe - This is a pet free event, so please don't bring any furry friends!
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£22.00 per ticket type|
|Concession||£17.00 per ticket type|
Concession - 16yrs and under, over 65s, Blue Badge Holders
|Let's Explore the Universe (29 Aug 2020 - 28 Mar 2021)|
* **There are no events taking place during November due to lockdown**