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Drawing the Moon - Observatory location

An event in collaboration with North Pennines AONB Partnership

at ACA Observatory at the Schoolhouse in Allenheads. 

Aimed at adults and over 12s. Pre-booking essential

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An evening of fascinating facts, observation and drawing of the moon, led by ACA's artist director, Alan Smith.

Imagine you are back in 1609 with Italian Astonomer Galileo Galilei, using his telescope to study the phases of the moon, at the time the most detailed imagery anyone had ever seen of this celestial body, with a device only as powerful as readily available binoculars today.

Galileo drew the moon as he saw it and so will you, using your naked eye, binoculars and a range of our telescopes.

Pens, pencils and paper will be available but please bring any favourite personal materials to explore different techniques to make your own images of the moon.

Hopefully, the weather will allow us to work outdoors, so dress warm. If not, we will be prepared for indoor activities.

If you have them, bring a red torch and any binoculars, telescopes and art materials of your own.

Access to the North Pennines Observatory is via an extremely steep access road and there is limited space for parking – please park considerately in the village and walk up, or call to reserve a parking space. Warm drinks provided.

This is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival running from 20 October to 5 November 2023


General admission: £15 (+ £1.76 fee)
Concessions: £10 (+ £1.37 fee) Allen Valley residents, Under 18s, students, unemployed,
Family: £40 (+ £3.71 fee) 2 adults & 2 children (under 16)

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