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Spring is almost upon us! As day and night start to equalise, let’s take a look at what’s parading across our skies this month.

Aurora Borealis above Skibotn Observatory

Our astronomer Ishbel goes to Norway to image and research the Northern Lights.

Heart Nebula taken from Flickr Commons/s58y

Love is in the air, it must be Feburary! Astronomer and Science Communicator Rosie Braunholtz gives us an overview of what we can see in the night skies this season of lovers.

Let's start 2024 as we mean to go on- looking up! Astronomer and Science Communicator Rosie Braunholtz gives us an overview of what we can see in the night skies this January.

Hey starry-eyed readers! It's that time of the year again when the heavens put on a celestial show just for us. It’s the Geminids Meteor Shower! This annual extravaganza is a cosmic party you don't want to miss.

ONE of the region’s beloved tourist attractions featuring the most ‘pristine dark skies’ in England is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

It's the darkest month of the year, so let's hear from Ishbel about what you can expect from the dark skies this December

Kielder Observatory’s partnership project with Novus at HIMP Northumberland nominated for top culture award!

We're in the heart of stargazing season now and there is plenty to be looking up at in our skies this November. Hear from Ishbel, Astronomer and Science Communicator at Kielder about what should be on your must-see list!

A MAJOR North East tourist attraction has secured a grant towards developing its successful astro imaging academy.


Here's your monthly round up of what's going on in the night skies. Ishbel Carlyle talks us through October's highlights. 

 Photographers across the North East were lucky enough to capture a beautiful aurora on the 13th September as dark skies glimmered pink, yellow and green.

Frank's Fellowship arts bursary

The second round of Frank's Fellowship concluded on 25th August with a visit to the observatory by the particpants to share their work and meet each other.

Look Up project at HMP Northumberland

Joicey Trust enables an astronomy outreach and poetry project with learners at HMP Northumberland

Welcome to another addition to What's Up? with a look at September with Astronomer, Rosie Braunholtz! Let's hope the weather will be better than it was for July or August and we can do some actual stargazing...

Welcomne to your monthly guide on what astronomical objects you can find in the skies this August!

We hear from Astronomer and Science Communicator, Ishbel Carlyle, who takes us through what you could see in the skies this July. 

A best-selling author whose love of the Northumberland dark skies is often reflected in her suspense-filled novels has officially renamed part of a major tourist attraction. 

Education Lead, Adam Shore, reflects on Kielder Observatory's educational outreach programmes and what the future holds

Kielder Observatory recognises the value of Government Culture Recovery Fund 

Frank's Fellowship arts bursary

Calling all young Northumberland artists

Bold Futures Grants awarded to seven Science and Discovery Centres across the UK- and we're one of them!

Kielder Observatory celebrates success from the WIN Awards 2022!

We are delighted to share the news that Kielder Observatory has been awarded a VisitEngland Welcome accolade.

We’re putting our energy into this campaign...

YOUNG artists inspired by the night sky have showcased their work after receiving bursaries from a special fellowship.

Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society launches its new strategy for 2022-2025