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National Parks Launch Virtual Dark Skies Week

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has joined North York Moors National Park Authority and astronomy experts ‘Go Stargazing’ to hold a virtual Dark Skies Week as a taster of the main Dark Skies Festival next February.

New Fringe Festival for all-things dark skies this October half-term in the North York Moors National Park

Moonlight meanders, Mars watching, Halloween hikes, stargazing and night trail runs are all being lined up for the North York Moors National Park’s first ever Dark Skies Fringe event this October, ahead of the popular annual festival which takes place during February half-term. The Dark Skies Fringe Festival taps into the continuing fascination for stargazing and this year’s resurgence of interest in the natural world, as well as people’s quest for outdoor activities leading into winter.

Stellar line-up of big names grows for 2020 Dark Skies Festival as final programme announced

An astronomy expert, the Open University’s head of astronomy Professor Carole Haswell, who grew up on the coast is boosting the stellar line-up of big names taking part in February’s Dark Skies Festival, which is jointly organised by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

BBC Sky at Night presenter joins line-up for 2020 Dark Skies Festival in Yorkshire

An evening with BBC Sky at Night presenter Professor Chris Lintott will be one of the hot tickets during the 2020 Dark Skies Festival (14 February – 1 March) held jointly by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Other new events include virtual reality space safaris, stargazing sleepovers and more dark sky canoeing and zip wire experiences.

Travel into Space from Yorkshire during 2020 Dark Skies Festival

The fifth Dark Skies Festival (14 February to 1 March 2020), held jointly by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, will show how much visitors can enjoy the cosmos without leaving planet Earth. New events for 2020 include an evening with renowned astronomy professor Andy Newsam who will reveal how next-generation telescope technology will revolutionise how people can explore the universe from the comfort of their own home.

Host of new star-studded events lined-up for 2019 Dark Skies Festival

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities will focus on our lunar satellite for the 2019 Festival theme. For 17 days, the National Parks will be filled with activity and awe-inspiring adventure to get you out and exploring our night sky. With more than 50 events planned, the stellar line-up includes moon gazing, photography workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, astronomy talks, planetariums, ghost walks, dark runs, owl prowls and for adrenaline junkies – a pitch black night zip!

First UK public screening of documentary during Dark Skies Festival 2019

The Dark Skies Festival will see the first public screening in the UK of a thought provoking documentary highlighting the enormous impact of light pollution on the world’s population, wildlife and the environment.

National Parks over the moon with bagging 'star' astrophysicist Tim O’Brien for Dark Skies Festival

Tim O'Brien, a well-known astrophysicist and popular media commentator on space matters, will raise the curtain on next February’s Dark Skies Festival organised by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

National Parks back Big Dipper campaign to protect night sky

Businesses and homeowners across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales are being urged to take steps to help protect the star quality of the national parks’ dark skies as part of a nationwide campaign to reduce light pollution.

Starry, starry nights

Guardian writer, Lizzy Denning gets front row seats to the Dark Skies Festival as she’s greeted with two shooting stars and ghost walks on her visit to the North York Moors National Park.

Starmakers initiative to help meet demand for Dark Skies events

The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks will be running a Starmakers initiative to recruit and develop a band of expert astro-guides to meet the booming interest in stargazing and the night sky.

Additional eight days for National Parks' 2018 Dark Skies Festival

A night zip wire experience and stargazing combined with a stellar eating experience will be just two of numerous new events in a much-expanded Dark Skies Festival across four National Parks in February 2018.

Poetry star captures beauty of Dark Skies in verse

One of the UK’s best known poets has penned a poem celebrating the wonders of the county’s dark skies especially for the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks Dark Skies Festival.