Scilly To Celebrate Dark Skies This Month

Today is the first day of Dark Skies month and a series of events will celebrate the night view we enjoy on the islands.

Scilly has some of the clearest views of the stars in the UK due to our low levels of light pollution.

Next week, the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty should hear whether the five sites submitted from all islands, including the Garrison on St Mary’s and an area near Bryher’s MUGA, will be promoted as ‘Dark Sky Discovery Sites,’ accessible places for star gazing.

AONB officer, Rebecca Steggles, says the sites will highlight how good Scilly is for stargazing. And she says recent work by the AONB in promoting dark night skies, such as stargazing walks led by Tom Scott and Steve Sims, have developed interest in protecting and enjoy our night time view.

Events kick off tonight, when Youth Hub members will get a chance to discover some of Scilly’s nocturnal wildlife, including bats and moths.

And from the 23rd to 25th October, local children can experience the science behind space exploration and discover the solar system, at a ‘Space Camp’ workshop.

There’ll also be a planetarium set up inside the Carn Thomas Hall.

 



One Response to Scilly To Celebrate Dark Skies This Month

  1. Al October 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Walking from Old Town to Hugh Town in the evening you might get the impression that a spaceship has landed until you realise the subject emitting the blaze of light is the school. Every column and window seems to be lit and even paths have lights every few metres leading to the car park (!) and a dark (!) main road. How do we manage the Buzza etc etc at night. If Scilly wants to boast Dark Skies then it urgently wants to eliminate this ‘city scape.’ And what a terrible example for the children of Scilly.