The award-winning Kielder Observatory recently marked its 10th anniversary with the opening of a new observatory.
The £250,000 Gillian Dickinson Astroimaging Academy, which sits alongside the existing Kielder Observatory, will be the new home for the Observatory’s education and outreach work, which aims to give children and young people the chance to experience the wonder of the Universe.
With fully automated telescopes, a retractable roof and presentation room, educational and community events will be hosted throughout the year. It will also allow professional astronomers to spot distant planets around far away stars, conduct supernova searches and plot asteroids, all thanks to its high tech research grade instruments and tracking mounts.
The new observatory has been funded by the Gillian Dickinson Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, LEADER funding, Northumbria Water and Northumberland County Council.
EGGER (UK) Limited has also supported the new observatory through the donation of EGGER Protect and EGGER Design Flooring.
Jackie Watson, EGGER UK’s head of marketing communications said: "With our Hexham manufactured products, including EGGER Protect, containing wood-based materials originating from Kielder’s commercial forestry operations, it’s great to see them going full circle."
Kielder Observatory sits inside Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Since opening in 2008, more than 80,000 people have visited the Observatory to join talks, activities and telescope observing sessions celebrating the night sky.