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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: +44 191 265 5510
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4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of...

The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of astronomy and physics. It serves to promote the universe to our guests, enabling people from all walks of life and levels of interest to access the visual splendour of the cosmos. With a superb array of telescopes and instrumentation to explore the depths of space. Expert tuition awaits the visitors who come along and take part in our featured events, sit in complete comfort in our classroom next to the log burning fire and let us take you on a tour of the universe.

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Starmazing!

Booked to learn about Aurora's, didn't see any but saw a whole lot more! Iridium satellite solar flare, ISS (twice), Saturn, milky way, stars, constellation, meteorite samples... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Booked to learn about Aurora's, didn't see any but saw a whole lot more! Iridium satellite solar flare, ISS (twice), Saturn, milky way, stars, constellation, meteorite samples, nebulae and many many shooting stars. Fantastic evening, staff were really passionate and enthusiastic. Answered all questions, provided expert insight into the sky above. A few of us stayed after class on the... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We attended the 'Aurora Night' on the 27th July and had an amazing evening. We began with an introduction to the staff/volunteers and what we would be doing for the night followed by a look at some meteorites. There was a bit of early cloud but it lifted to reveal the most stunning array of stars. My first experience of... More 

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Thank Tammy C
Merseyside
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked to attend the 'Aurora night' at short notice. Unfortunately the clouds did not clear, so we were unable to use the telescopes to see the night sky, but the staff and volunteers ensured the evening was jam packed with talks and hands-on opportunities. We covered a number of interesting topics, including the Aurora and how to improve your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our 11-year-old daughter is obsessed with astronomy, so during a family holiday in Northumberland we decided to schedule a trip to Kielder Observatory. Unfortunately the evening started badly, when a car tyre burst on the rough forest road leading to the observatory, meaning that we had to walk the last half-mile. This also meant that we missed part of the... More 

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surrey,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Brilliant, booked this for my husband but I ended up really enjoying it. Hayden who gives the initial chat and the other volunteers are all so enthusiastic and patient answering our questions. We saw Mars and Satern , which was amazing. Just wish it had been darker, need to go later in the year I think, but at least it... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked here for a birthday treat as my partner is very much into space etc. Everything about the staff was Excellent and we couldn't have been made to feel more welcome. Shame about the weather though, unfortunately due to severe clouds we were unable to use the telescopes so most of our night consisted of doing other things. I would... More 

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Middlesex, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had pre-booked one of the specialist evenings - the Night Sky Safari - at Kielder Observatory a number of months ago for the 7th of July. Unfortunately on the day (and evening) it was rather cloudy. However, the evening was still excellent with Matt, Dan and Hannah all giving interesting interactive talks. We got a chance to see and... More 

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Thank EmmaDurnford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were eagerly anticipating our visit to the observatory and we were not disappointed! Even though it was quite cloudy, the team really made the most of the small viewing time we had and took care to ensure everyone saw the main highlights. Seeing Saturn's rings with my own eyes was fantastic! The team were excellent, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clear skies, fantastically knowledgeable staff, great views of Mars, saturn(and its rings) and Jupiter and moons, plus a touch of deep space viewing. A must visit if you're in the area

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had pre-booked a Night Sky Safari at the Observatory, which started at 2100 hours. Make sure you park at the Observatory and not at the bottom of the track, as this will entail a 2-mile walk, each way! It's a good forest track and you don't need a 4x4 to get there. Also make sure you splash on the... More 

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