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 Thursday 17 February 

Galaxies: the largest objects in the sky, full of billions of planets and stars. In the virtual version of our planetarium show, we’ll give you an insight into these fascinating objects.

Learn all about the different types of galaxies, how they work, and how our understanding of them has changed over the years. We’ll talk about everything from stellar evolution to dark matter and black holes (because no astronomy talk is complete without black holes!)

The 30-minute show will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A, where our experts will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions about the universe.

This show is suitable for adults and children aged 9+.

What is LUniverse?

The Lancaster Physics Department is proud to bring you the virtual LUniverse planetarium!

We have taken our shows online, using the same software as our physical planetarium dome to bring you beautiful and fascinating tours of the night sky.

The shows are delivered by a mixture of staff and students from our Observational Astrophysics and Planetary Science research groups, who are all excited to share their enthusiasm for physics, and their expert knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics.

Catering to all audiences and age groups, LUniverse aims to spread the excitement of the night sky to our local community and beyond. 

Please book through LUniverse's website.