An area of the night sky in Northumberland has become the largest Day Sky Park in Europe. The area, which includes Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water and Forest Park, has been granted dark sky status by the International Dark Skies Association (IDA). The area will now be known as the Northumberland Dark Sky Park.
This means that the night sky is protected from light pollution and will be a fantastic place to indulge in a spot of star gazing. Lighting will now be restricted in this area and the use of new technology will be encouraged to ensure that the night sky is not put out.
The 579 square mile area has been awarded the gold status following a two year campaign which was led by Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water, Forest Park Development Trust and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. This is the highest status available.
Because of the lighting from cities and towns, it is often difficult to see the stars and the wonders of the universe but the Northumberland Sky Park will be one of the best places in the world to spot constellations and admire everything the sky has to offer. There is even the Kielder Observatory to visit as a base for your star gazing.
If you’re interested in seeing the stars from this fantastic viewpoint, there are a number of YHAs which are perfect for your intergalactic trip!