Northumberland has been named as home to the largest area of protected night sky in Europe.
The International Dark Skies Association (IDA), based in USA, has granted Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status to the combined areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park.
The new zone - the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park (NDSP) - is the first of its kind in England. It joins Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Park in achieving gold tier status.
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