Kielder Observatory is located 53 miles (85 km) northwest of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Kielder is a public astronomical observatory, located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, under some of the darkest skies in the world. The Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society hosts events here year round, from open days and interactive shows to observing nights and lectures. A friend of EarthSky says, “We have the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe, thanks to minimal light pollution. Winter nights are darkest and best for viewing deep sky objects such as galaxies, while in summer you can view the beautiful Milky Way, passing comets, shooting stars and see the sun’s surface using our telescope. Come here to learn about the night sky and use the powerful telescopes, meet experienced astronomers and learn how to take stunning photographs of distant objects in the universe, and experience meteor showers (shooting stars) and other celestial events. Book an event to enjoy the full Observatory experience and use the large telescopes supervised by astronomers from Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.