International Dark Skies Week 13-19 April 2015
This week is International Dark Skies Week, 13-19 April 2015.
Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month.
“I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future . . . I want to help preserve its wonder.” – Jennifer Barlow
This year’s International Dark Skies Week coincides with the International Year of Light, which makes it particularly appropriate.
Why not head outside at night and explore dark skies? You could head to any International Dark Sky Places. In the UK we have six:
- Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
- Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve
- Sark Dark Sky Island
- Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
- Northumberland Dark Sky Park
- Coll Dark Sky Island
Any of these sites will provide excellent views (weather permitting!) of a real dark sky.
If none of these are convenient why not visit a Dark Sky Discovery Site near you. These are sites that have been identified by local communities as being convenient for stargazing, although they don’t have the light pollution control measures that the International Dark Sky Places do.