Shooting Star Spectacular - Geminids

Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER

0191 265 5510

Join us at Kielder Observatory for the annual spectacle that is the Geminids meteor shower! Every year as the Earth follows its journey around the Sun it encounters the left over dust particles from 3200 Phaethon, an object thought to be a Palladian asteroid. As this debris slams into Earth's atmosphere friction causes those particles to burn brightly which we see as shooting stars, also known as meteors! The Geminids meteor shower, named after the constellation Gemini from which they appear to radiate, is one of the best meteor showers to be seen throughout the year second only to the Perseids. This year the shower peaks on the early hours of the 13th and 14th December and it's on and around these nights that will be the best time to observe them, being at the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park the Kielder Observatory is the best location. The peak takes place near a new moon this year and these are perfect conditions to observe these bright meteors, these particular shooting stars appear slow and bright and are thought to be intensifying every year with a rate of up to 120 per hour! We will set out our comfy two-seater "moon chairs" out onto the observation deck with blankets to keep you warm and cosy and let nature do its thing! We will serve hot drinks including our famous Hot Chocolates to help you keep warm under the starry skies. At the same time the observatory telescopes will be operated by our experienced team of astronomers and we'll be observing the celestial wonders of our Universe including galaxies and star clusters.

Ticket Info

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Tickets priced from £18.15 to £46.75)
£0.00
per ticket

Ticket prices vary per event and for weekends or late events, concessions available. £18.15 - £46.75.

Various dates and times available, please visit the website for more information, booking is essential:

www.kielderobservatory.org

Dates

From To
Wednesday13/12/2017Wednesday13/12/201723:30 - 02:30
 
Thursday14/12/2017Thursday14/12/201723:30 - 23:30
 
Thursday14/12/2017Thursday14/12/201719:45 - 22:45
 

Times are approximate only, please visit the website for accurate times, up to date availability and to book: www.kielderobservatory.org

Facilities

Car parking available Online booking Event venue Open all year Guided Tours Toilet Facilities

Venue

Shooting Star Spectacular - Geminids takes place at...
Kielder Observatory, Kielder (Science and Technology)
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Shooting Star Spectacular - Geminids

Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER

0191 265 5510

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Kielder Lodge
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Shooting Star Spectacular - Geminids

Geminids

Overview

Join us at Kielder Observatory for the annual spectacle that is the Geminids meteor shower! Every year as the Earth follows its journey around the Sun it encounters the left over dust particles from 3200 Phaethon, an object thought to be a Palladian asteroid. As this debris slams into Earth's atmosphere friction causes those particles to burn brightly which we see as shooting stars, also known as meteors! The Geminids meteor shower, named after the constellation Gemini from which they appear to radiate, is one of the best meteor showers to be seen throughout the year second only to the Perseids. This year the shower peaks on the early hours of the 13th and 14th December and it's on and around these nights that will be the best time to observe them, being at the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park the Kielder Observatory is the best location. The peak takes place near a new moon this year and these are perfect conditions to observe these bright meteors, these particular shooting stars appear slow and bright and are thought to be intensifying every year with a rate of up to 120 per hour! We will set out our comfy two-seater "moon chairs" out onto the observation deck with blankets to keep you warm and cosy and let nature do its thing! We will serve hot drinks including our famous Hot Chocolates to help you keep warm under the starry skies. At the same time the observatory telescopes will be operated by our experienced team of astronomers and we'll be observing the celestial wonders of our Universe including galaxies and star clusters.

Shooting Star Spectacular - Geminids takes place at...
Kielder Observatory, Kielder (Science and Technology)

Ticketing information

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Tickets priced from £18.15 to £46.75)
£0.00
per ticket

Ticket prices vary per event and for weekends or late events, concessions available. £18.15 - £46.75.

Various dates and times available, please visit the website for more information, booking is essential:

www.kielderobservatory.org

Dates & times for Shooting Star Spectacular - Geminids, Kielder

From To
Wednesday13/12/2017Wednesday13/12/201719:45 - 22:45
 
Wednesday13/12/2017Wednesday13/12/201723:30 - 02:30
 
Thursday14/12/2017Thursday14/12/201723:30 - 23:30
 
Thursday14/12/2017Thursday14/12/201719:45 - 22:45
 

Times are approximate only, please visit the website for accurate times, up to date availability and to book: www.kielderobservatory.org

Facilities

Car parking available Online booking Event venue Open all year Guided Tours Toilet Facilities

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