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Kielder Observatory

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All year round - a star gazing and astronomy heaven! Kielder Observatory is located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.

We have the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe, thanks to minimal light pollution. Winter nights are darkest and best for viewing deep sky objects such as galaxies, while in summer you can view the beautiful Milky Way, passing comets, shooting stars and see the Sun's surface using our incredible telescope.

Come here to:

Learn about the night sky and use the powerful telescopes.
Meet experienced astronomers and learn how to take stunning photographs of distant objects in the Universe.
Experience meteor showers (shooting stars) and other celestial events.

Book onto an event to enjoy the full Observatory experience and use the large telescopes supervised by astronomers from Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS). Those wishing to enjoy the panoramic views from the Observatory during the day (when the facility is closed) can park in the car park for Skyspace and walk up the hill (50 minutes).

KOAS hosts events all year round from open days and interactive shows to observing nights and lectures. [- Visit Kielder]

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