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Astronomy Village Plan gets £50,000 Boost

19th November 2014
Astronomy Village Plan gets £50,000 Boost

The Fundraising event was held at St. James Park, Newcastle where the main speaker was NASA flight controller Sy Liebergot who played a crucial role in bringing the stricken Apollo 13 back to earth safely. The event, funded by Cramlington-based manufacturing company Miller International, marked the launch of the astronomy village project.An ambitious £8.5m scheme to build the biggest public observatory in the world in the North East has been revealed.

Gary Fildes has a vision to create the Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village which will contain a 60 seat planetarium, a specially built £500,000 telescope with a one metre wide aperture accessible to wheelchair users, and an accommodation block for visiting astronomers.

Special glass topped pods for use by members of the public to observe the night skies are also planned.

It is hoped the Astronomy Village will be up and running in 5 years.

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