TWO national parks have joined forces with astronomy experts to hold a virtual Dark Skies Week.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, North York Moors National Park Authority and astronomy experts ‘Go Stargazing’ will host the event as a taster of the main Dark Skies Festival next February.

Running from Monday, October 23 to Sunday, November 1, the virtual Dark Skies Week will feature a wide variety of webinars, including: a beginners guide to the night sky with astronomer Neill Sanders; all about the Aurora, live from the Arctic Circle with astronomer and aurora expert Matt Robinson; what you can see using a telescope with stargazing expert Richard Darn.

There will also be a self-guided Planet Trail for families to experience in Freeholders’ Wood at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre.

All the events, led by expert astronomers, are free to attend and aimed at anyone with an interest in the night sky.

The Dark Skies Festival itself runs from February 12 to February 28 2021.