Thursday 12 June 2014 / 18.30 bus departs BALTIC, Gateshead
£25 / £20 concessions including return transport and stargazing picnic
BALTIC takes you on mind-expanding tour of the Universe under the darkest skies in England. You will be shown around Kielder Observatory, gently lit with red lights so you can keep your adapted night vision. You will learn how the telescopes work and what goes on at the UK’s top astronomical observatory. If it's dark enough and clear, you can use the telescopes to observe everything from the planets of our Solar System, all the way out to galaxies millions of light years away.
Guided by an astronomy-only laser pen you can learn how to navigate the night sky, using constellations like a map to find more distant objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy which you can see with the naked eye. This special event will be hosted by Gary Fildes FRAS, inspirational Founder Director of Kielder Observatory and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Gary is incredible at understanding and explaining the night sky and has an infectious passion for all things celestial.
You can gaze up in wonder, and enjoy your star gazing picnic with a nice big mug of hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
18.30 Bus departs BALTIC, Gateshead
00.30 Drop off in Newcastle and Gateshead