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stargazing18.jpg Watch the skies!

The first North Pennines Stargazing Festival was a huge success last year and it’s back from 20 October-4 November with three times the number of events and, ahem, stars galore.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival will be an appearance from Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock of ‘Sky at Night’ fame who will be looking at the wonders of space and what it can teach us. She commented: “I’m thrilled to be invited to headline at the 2018 North Pennines Stargazing Festival. It’s a fabulous area – officially the darkest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and is a brilliant place to experience stargazing in a truly dark place.” She’s not wrong. And the festival has expanded with supernova-like qualities this year, to build on the success of 2017’s inaugural event. There will be 30 events taking place across the North Pennines including a Teesdale Star Camp; Skywatch events at Killhope, Nenthead, Stanhope and Alston; astronomy and space-themed talks and stargazing opportunities; a cluster of events at the North Pennines Observatory; as well as plenty of talks and workshops. Autumn and winter are the very best times of the year to witness the glories of the Milky Way, so dig out your warmest scarf and brace yourself for glittering star clusters and magnificent constellations.

North Pennines Star Festival, 20 October-4 November. NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk