Saturday, 06.02.21 to Friday, 12.02.21

CPRE Star Count with Go Stargazing

Join in the annual CPRE Star Count with astronomers from Go Stargazing! Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England everyone is invited to count the number of stars they can see in the constellation of Orion between 6th February and 12th February and submit their findings to the CPRE website. This citizen science project […]

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Friday, 12.02.21 to Sunday, 28.02.21

Magical discoveries on your doorstep

You have the freedom to choose when to do this experience. It includes a recorded mindful walk instruction to keep forever and information on the night sky with access to a stargazing app, just pick a time to do it. Embark on a sensory adventure that’ll not only calm your mind, it’ll re-engage your sense […]

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Friday, 12.02.21 to Sunday, 28.02.21

Downloadable Beginners Guide to Stargazing

Can you identify Cassiopeia from Cygnus? We’ve quizzes to test your knowledge, fun astro facts and a guide to stargaze from home. Gather the family and comet to some space exploration of your own. Download and discover what’s above with this Beginners guide to stargazing – Thanks to Forestry England

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Friday, 12.02.21 to Sunday, 28.02.21

Live Wildlife Cameras at Night

Enjoy spectacular sights of animals after dark via live cameras courtesy of wildlife artist Robert E Fuller. Having spent years creating bespoke habitats to attract wildlife to his garden, you can now enjoy unprecedented views into their secret lives. Unique footage includes two courting barn owls. Tawny owls, buzzards and a pair of kestrels currently […]

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Friday, 12.02.21 to Friday, 26.02.21

Orla the Alien- Space Missions

Orla first appeared on Planet Earth last summer and set missions for families to tackle at home whilst in lockdown. We’re so pleased she’s made a special appearance for the Dark Skies Festival. Make sure you’re following Sutton Bank or The Moors National Park Centre Facebook page to start her missions on Friday 12 February. This time she’s landed with […]

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Friday, 12.02.21

Planet Discoveries Inspired by Star Trek

Join Professor Carole Haswell, Head of Astronomy at the Open University, for this family friendly talk about extra-terrestrial planets… Carole’s presentation will introduce “exoplanets” and how astronomers can find them despite being so incredibly distant. The focus will be on rocky planets orbiting bright, nearby stars and the likelihood of finding life — just like […]

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Saturday, 13.02.21

Beginners Guide to the Night Sky

Join astronomer Richard Darn from Go Stargazing for an introductory tour of the night skies! Take a journey from our nearest neighbour, the Moon, to distant galaxies and learn some simple tips to get to grips with a starry night. Discover how ancient civilisations once viewed the skies full of mythical creatures. Learn how to […]

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Sunday, 14.02.21

Go on a Mission to Mars

Awesome event for children! Colin Stuart is an astronomy presenter and author of a number of fantastic children’s books on astronomy. Participants will be whisked away on a mission to explore the red planet! Learn how astronauts will cope with the 7 month journey, space food is hardly award winning! As well as being incredibly […]

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Monday, 15.02.21

Landscape Astrophotography for Beginners

Join experienced astrophotographer Gary Lintern for a session looking at how to get the best from your camera when shooting in the dark. Gary will cover how to shoot anything, especially landscapes, in dark conditions, paying special attention to photographing the Moon and stars. To participate ideally you will need a DSLR or a mirrorless […]

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Tuesday, 16.02.21

Reverse through the Universe

Join Martin Whipp, Lead Astronomer from the Lime Tree Observatory, on a backward adventure through the Solar System and beyond! This is part 2 of Martin’s incredibly popular talk (part 1 is available to watch here) where he continues his journey out into the wider Universe. It’s a fascinating talk perfectly suitable for beginner’s through to warp […]

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Wednesday, 17.02.21

The Invisible Universe

Dark skies let us see some of the glories of the night sky, but even on the best, darkest night, much is hidden from us by kinds of “light” that our eyes have never evolved to see. So, how are we exploring this invisible universe, and what can we learn from it? Andy Newsam is […]

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Thursday, 18.02.21

Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars!

NASA’s Perseverance Rover (and Ingenuity Helicopter!) is due to land on Mars on the 18th February and we’d love you to join us for the historic moment. Enjoy a presentation not only about the red planet but also this incredible mission that will see a mini-van sized robot land at the target site of Jezero […]

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Thursday, 18.02.21 to Thursday, 25.02.21

Live Views of the Moon!

Join one of the Go Stargazing astronomers for real time views of the Moon! Using a large aperture telescope we’ll be streaming live throughout the course of the National Parks Virtual Dark Skies Festival 2021. As this event is weather dependent we’re not sure of the exact date, however we have astronomers from the North […]

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Friday, 19.02.21

Children’s Planetarium Show – Cumbrian Festival

*Cumbria Dark Skies Festival event LUniverse is excited to bring you a 30-minute show to take children on a whistle-stop tour of our night sky, show what is currently visible from the UK and will give them a detailed look at the planets and constellations. We’ll talk about some of the key themes of the […]

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Saturday, 20.02.21

Building a Satellite

Join Dr Luke Tyas for amazing insights into his role as an Instrument Scientist from Durham University. Most recently Luke has been working on instrumentation for the Sentinel 4 satellite, part of a multi-billion Euro project to install a network of satellites monitoring air quality and atmospheric pollution levels over Europe. Packed full of incredible […]

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Sunday, 21.02.21

Beginner’s Telescope Workshop

Join Neill from Go Stargazing for a drop-in Zoom session for advice, tips and live troubleshooting of your telescope! If you’re stuck, having problems or just unsure where to start simply register below to receive an invite to the two hour Zoom session and join in when you can. Have your telescope setup ready for […]

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Sunday, 21.02.21

Nightscape Photography in the Yorkshire Dales

Pete Collins is a keen photographer who captures stunning images in the Yorkshire Dales, particularly at night time. Join him for an introduction to night scape photography using minimal equipment, a DSLR camera and tripod. Not only will Pete share his expertise but also some of his incredible astro-photos! This event takes place as part […]

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Monday, 22.02.21

How Animals Deal with Darkness

In this fascinating talk you’ll find out how animals deal with darkness, from the echolocation calls of bats, to the crazy asymmetric ears of owls to our own nighttime vision (and why we have red-eye in flash photos). We’ll take a tour of the animal kingdom and see the ingenious ways that animals have adapted […]

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Tuesday, 23.02.21

The Dark Side of Street Lighting

Join Dr Callum Macgregor from the University of Hull to discover how light pollution impacts on nocturnal wildlife. Dark skies are not just important to astronomers, but also to the many animals and plants that make use of the night-time, not least moths! Callum will discuss how, far from being pests of wardrobes and carpets, […]

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Wednesday, 24.02.21

Swaledale Starscapes

Paul Clark has been capturing the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales night sky since opening a B&B in Swaledale 5 years ago. Join him for a tour of the region with images taken around Swaledale that celebrate not only the fantastic starry skies but also nocturnal wildlife and industrial heritage. This event takes place as […]

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Thursday, 25.02.21

Space Detectives – In The Night Sky

Explore the Night Sky with Space Detectives! Ideal for families with young astronomers you’ll be shown how to find star constellations, travel back through history and discover how important it is to look after the night sky today by becoming a Dark Sky Ranger! This live workshop is full of fun, interactivity, live activities, and […]

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Friday, 26.02.21

Voyage of Discovery

Join experienced astronomer Steven Gray from Cosmos Planetarium for a family friendly voyage through the Cosmos! Explore some of the pivotal moments throughout the ages of astronomical discoveries and space exploration, from our ancient ancestors to SpaceX and beyond. Steven will finish the session with a (virtual) tour of the night sky and point out […]

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Saturday, 27.02.21

How fast are you moving when sitting still?

Dr Fred returns with a talk that will knock you off your seat! When you are sitting on the couch watching the latest Brian Cox documentary it feels like you are at rest and not actually moving. But of course we are – through space – at speeds that you may find surprising. In Dr […]

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Sunday, 28.02.21

Art in Space

We welcome Sam Cornwell, inventor of the Solarcan, for a tour into outer space to explore art & sculpture that has left Earth’s atmosphere. From Sagan’s Gold Voyager disc to RocketLab’s disco ball and beyond we will discuss and look at our civilisation’s culture that now inhabits the heavens and why art important to human space […]

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