Northumberland Dark Skies Festival comes to a close

The internationally recognised dark skies of Northumberland have been celebrated with an online festival which ends on Sunday (February 21).

The Kielder Observatory is a dark sky discovery site. Credit: Dan Monk, Kielder Observatory

The Kielder Observatory has been closed to the public during lockdown, but the event has tried to bring the magic of stargazing online through a range of talks and workshops hosted by astronomers, dark skies enthusiasts and international speakers.

It has been supported by the Northumberland National Park, which sees protecting the area's International Dark Sky status as being just as important as protecting its landscape and heritage.