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Kielder Observatory virtual experiences review

I’ve always wanted to go to Kielder Observatory but unfortunately never got round to making a visit. I was so excited to hear that GIAG had arranged a series of live virtual evenings with the Astronomers from Kielder Observatory! I booked my place straight away, as I didn’t want to miss these!

I’ve attended all three live talks so far – they have all been brilliant and far outweighed my expectations! The talks are delivered over zoom, which in the current situation is the only safe way of delivering these, but I was a little apprehensive at first as I had been on zoom all day already! It really didn’t feel like I was back on my laptop again, and I soon got lost in the fascinating experience!

Each session has started with an introduction from the Astronomers at Kielder – so far Adam has delivered all three talks, but we’ll be joined by Ellie for the next one! Adam is brilliant! He really brings the topics to life through interactive presentations and explanations. He’s happy to answer questions throughout and invites everyone attending to write questions in the chat function.

I’ve experienced the Aurora Nights, Secret Lives of Stars, and Discovering New Worlds workshops. I’ve learnt something new from each one, and I’ve really enjoyed all three. I think if I had to pick Aurora Nights was my favourite – but then learning about planets similar to Earth in Discovering New Worlds was also extremely interesting!

I’m looking forward to the next evenings with Kielder Observatory – Origins of the Universe and Our Dark Universe (I’ve already booked my place!). I would highly recommend these and feel they would be well received by anyone who has an interest in space, physics, or who would just like to find out a little more about astronomy!