Dark Skies Cumbria

Saving Our Night Skies

Cumbria's dark skies allow us to see the natural wonder of the stars, but are also critical for the health wildlife and our own natural well-being. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is increasing each year, threatening to obscure our view of the stars and blinding and confusing animals so they can’t feed or find a mate. We need urgent action now to stop light pollution. Stargazers, photographers, wildlife lovers and local communities… please help.


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The Lake District and Cumbria offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. Download our Dark Sky Discovery Pack and get started today!

7pm, Monday 14 February 

What do we know about rocky planets outside our own solar system?

This richly-illustrated talk will outline what we know about our Milky Way galaxy’s population of rocky planets. How do we find planets? How certain are we of their properties? Are the exoplanets we know about similar to the planets in our own solar system? Have we found any like Earth yet? What are the prospects for life elsewhere in the galaxy?

Professor Carole Haswell is Head of Astronomy at the Open University and leads a research group which discovers and characterises exoplanets – planets orbiting around stars other than the Sun. Carole grew up on Teesside and asked for a telescope year after year for Christmas. Her parents thought she would grow out of it, but they were mistaken. Carole did her undergraduate degree in Oxford and her PhD and postdoctoral training in the USA. She initially worked on black holes, but changed fields to exoplanets almost 20 years ago. Her exoplanet adventures include buying equipment on eBay for the SuperWASP project, travelling to the Andes to collect data, using the Hubble Space Telescope, and working with the European Space Agency to define the Ariel Space Telescope. She recently served as an academic consultant on the BBC Brian Cox Universe series, and appeared in both the UK and US versions of the series. Carole’s favourite current project is sharing her experiences and love of her subject with schoolchildren in Middlesbrough.

Cost: £3, you can make a donation if you wish during the booking process.

Image above: Artists’s impression of the nearby planetary system Gliese 887, copyright MaGliese 887 V2b

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