AN evening with BBC Sky at Night presenter Professor Chris Lintott is set to be a highlight of the 2020 Dark Skies Festival.

The popular annual festival will run from February 14 to March 1 with a wide array of events taking place across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Mr Lintott will be talking about his new book ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos – Adventures in the Zooniverse’ and showing how anybody can get involved with helping scientists make the next space discoveries.

He will be at Helmsley Arts Centre on February 21, midway through the festival which showcases the pristine night skies of both National Parks and the neighbouring Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Nidderdale and the Howardian Hills.

Alongside the perennial favourites – everything from stargazing, astrophotography, canoeing, and much more – there are a number of new events for the 2020 festival.

For instance, expert astronomer Richard Darn will be leading visitors on a tour of the universe during a star party in the peaceful village of Keld, in Upper Swaledale, while guests staying at the Fox and Hounds at Ainthorpe can enjoy an evening meal followed by a stargazing safari with the Whitby and District Astronomical Society.

Youngsters can also learn more about the animals that live under the Yorkshire Dales starry skies during A Go Wild! event or simply stargaze while tucking into specially-created starry ice cream flavours at the Wensleydale ice cream parlour.