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Meteor shower set to mesmerise Killhope visitors

Published August 07, 2018 10.43am

The skies above Killhope are set to provide the backdrop for a stunning astronomical display this weekend - and stargazers of all ages are invited to enjoy the show.

Killhope Meteor Shower Event

Visitors enjoying a previous meteor shower event. Photo by Gary Lintern.

The museum is hosting a special family event on Sunday 12 August, as part of the North Pennines AONB Stargazing Festival, to celebrate the Persied meteor shower.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids, with up to 70 shooting stars per hour expected this weekend.

Killhope will be welcoming visitors from 6.00pm, with live music from folk group the Cream Tees and children's activities including water rocket launching and space themed workshops.

Professional photographer and astronomer Gary Lintern will be hand to share his knowledge and visitors will have access to Killhope's on-site observatory.

The meteor shower itself is set to begin at about 10.00pm.

Maria McArdle, museum operations officer, said: "With 60 to 70 shooting stars an hour we're promised a spectacular show on Sunday - weather permitting.

"It should be a fantastic evening for dedicated astronomers and budding stargazers alike."

The event costs £4 for adults and £2 for concessions/children.

Booking is essential. Call 01388 537 505 or visit the Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum website for more details.

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