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 24 February 

with Dave Whalley, Eclipse Chaser and Photographer

Dave, renowned Eclipse Chaser and Photographer will take you on his adventures across the globe to witness one of nature’s finest spectacles, a total solar eclipse. He will briefly explain the phenomena before taking you on his journey complete with images from such places as the Atacama Desert in Chile as well as the mountains of Turkey or afloat on the Pacific ocean.

Dave has seen eight total eclipses, two annular eclipses and many lunar eclipses. The ensuing travel gives him the opportunity to visit places around the globe he might never otherwise see. The next total solar eclipse to cross the British Isles occurs in September 2090 so staying home means never seeing an eclipse.

Dave is also an avid astronomer and regularly views the heavens through his telescope and is considering adding astrophotography to his skills in these areas.

Originally from Lancashire, Dave Whalley spent many years of his working life living in British Columbia and recently returned to live in Cumbria. Whilst living and working in Canada, his very first eclipse experience back in 1979 was in Washington State which proved a washout as there was cloud cover that day, but he has gone on to witness eight totality events across the globe by land, sea and air - also a good way of doing some world travel.
Besides astronomy, he is also an avid amateur photographer. Now retired, he lives in Cumbria, and enjoys walking the fells with well over 100 Wainwrights under his belt.

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

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