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Lots of exciting things are happening at Kielder Observatory, use this page to browse the latest stories. We’ll have updates on the events we run, fantastic images our team have taken up at the observatory and occasionally science updates that our team would like to share!


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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

Catherine Johns, Kielder Observatory CEO, recently presented at the Creative Fuse conference in the North East. Here she talks about creativity in crisis and how Kielder Observatory has, and is, weathering the storm. 

Kielder Observatory has been making some improvements!

Last night, 11th July 2022, the White House held a special event to preview one of the first science images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). President Biden was joined by Vice President Harris and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson to reveal the first “Webb Deep Field”...

Another Dimension photography exhibit

Photographer brings Kielder dark skies down to earth

Late Nights Light Nights Festival

Kielder Observatory opens doors for new light nights festival

Spectacular Jubilee beacon to crown 2,000 foot forest peak

Spectacular Jubilee beacon to crown 2,000 foot forest peak

Sequence of images of a lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipses are fascinating, beautiful celestial events. Read more to find out how they happen and how to see them.

Kielder Observatory - Hundreds of youngsters to benefit from STEM to Stars project

A project to inspire school children across the North East to reach for the stars and pursue careers in STEM has received funding to reach even more youngsters.

Frank's Fellowship bursary now open for applications

Applications have now opened for Frank's Fellowship bursary for young artists in Northumberland to be inspired by Kielder Observatory

New operations and marketing director

Hannah Matterson has joined the team at Kielder Observatory as the new operations and marketing director.