Dark Skies Cumbria

Light up February with a spectacular array of online events celebrating the wonders of our night sky

Live events over 17 evenings in February give you the opportunity to explore our dark skies with astronomers, astrophotographers, authors, filmmakers, lighting and design professionals, performers, poets and outdoor adventurers.

Book Now for individual event information and booking options. We've also produced this handy little leaflet which you can download as a reminder of what's in a line-up which we think is out of this world!

(View / Download Festival Line-Up - pdf)


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.

     

Or you can give by text to 70085. Just message DARKSKIES along with your chosen donation amount (eg DARKSKIES 5 to donate £5). Standard message rates apply.

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!

Our volunteer request to measure and map the darkness of Cumbria’s skies to help identify where a ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ could be created in Cumbria, has received an overwhelming response.

Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in the country, where people are still able to see the spectacular natural wonders of the stars above and where the behaviour of nocturnal animals isn’t threatened by light pollution. We're leading work to gain internationally recognised Dark Skies Reserve status in Cumbria, to help protect this darkness.

Our Dark Skies officer Johanna Korndorfer said,

"We want to ascertain just how good our dark skies are, as well as where they could be better.

“We need committed volunteers to take dark sky meter readings in five different places around the county. We’ll pick areas closest to where you live and train you on how to use the meter readers and when to take the readings. The data will then be added to our evolving map of dark sky readings.

"Volunteers will go out and take meter readings in pairs, which is safer and more fun. The first round of readings will be taken between 23 – 30 November, when the skies are darkest as theres no moonlight.”

Following an overwhelming response, we now have enough sky meter reader volunteers, thank you.

For more information about the Dark Skies Cumbria project, see https://www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/dark-skies

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