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, Tuesday 15 February 

Richard Darn, astronomer.

The quest to find the ultimate starry sky. 

Richard has journeyed thousands of miles in a quest to find the ultimate dark sky.  How many stars can you see from 7,500 foot up in a desert with a humongous telescope? But what about the UK?  We have areas of lovely dark skies too. Where are they and what should you expect? How does Cumbria compare? These and a host of other questions will be answered in this celebration of the dark.

Richard Darn has been an amateur stargazer for most of his life and has also become a leading dark sky campaigner.  He helped create the Northumberland Dark Sky Park – England’s first – in 2013 and most recently assisted the North York Moors and Dales to become international dark sky reserves.  He works with other dark landscape and also stages outreach star parties across the UK.  He is a regular on BBC radio and occasionally television.

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

Image above: Star trails, image by Mike Dickson

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