Northumberland given night sky accolade

Northumberland has been named as home to the largest area of protected night sky in Europe

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Northumberland dark skies status "important"

Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal for England, said:

"I'd like to offer warm support to this development. It is a further boost for Kielder Observatory and stargazing throughout Northumberland National Park. But, more than that, it should have the support of a far wider community than astronomers. The dark night sky is the most universal feature of our environment. All humans, everywhere in the world and throughout history, have looked up at the sky and wondered at it.

"This experience is now denied to most people, because of the background light in towns and cities. It is important to ensure that there will be somewhere in England where young people can fully enjoy a cosmic panorama."

– Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal for England

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