Scilly Gets Dark Sky Discovery Sites

Scilly has five new Dark Sky Discovery sites, highlighting areas that are excellent for stargazing.

The Isles of Scilly AONB announced yesterday that the locations on the Garrison playing field, St Agnes cricket pitch, Bryher community centre, Tresco playing fields and St Martin’s cricket pitch have all been accepted by the UK Dark Sky Discovery Partnership, which is made up of astronomy organisations led by the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.

The designated sites in Scilly will join a network of Dark Sky Discovery Sites across the UK.

Rebecca Steggles from the AONB said the designation will enable people from all backgrounds and Island communities to access areas where they can learn, discover and explore the night sky.

She added it’s an opportunity to discover an area of the Islands’ environment that may have previously been over-looked.

“Dark night skies are an asset not owned by anyone,” says Rebecca, “but are free for all to admire and discover.”

To mark the establishment of the new sites, The AONB and Council Children’s Services team are running a series of events including a Space Odyssey Planetarium on October 30th and 31st. It’s open to all age groups and under 18’s go free. Adult tickets are £2 and spaces are limited, so booking is recommended.

Astronomer Simon Ould will also be delivering a talk and presentation on the Dark Sky Discovery Project and Scilly’s Dark Night Skies at Carn Thomas Hall on Monday 29th October, at 7.00pm

If weather permits, a stargazing walk will be held at the Garrison playing field, a Dark Sky Discovery Site, on October 29th or 31st October, with guidance from astronomers. People are welcome to bring their own equipment to set up if they wish. Meet at 7.45p.m at Carn Thomas car park.

For more details regarding the above events, contact the AONB Unit on 424315.