Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dark Skye Sky

You may not be aware, but a group lead by the Edinburgh Royal Observatory is promoting Dark Skye Scotland  -  Dark Sky places are areas or sites that have been officially recognised for their low levels of light pollution and good public access. The Dark Sky website is here

The Skye sky certainly looked truly amazing last night when I took Cupar for his pre-bedtime trot round the block. You can certainly see a lot of stars here when we have a cloudless night.

Parts of the Isle of Skye have become Dark Skye Discovery Sites, where regular stargazing  events are held, and here in a Forestry Commission car park near Rowan Cottage is the sign for one of them -

I'm not entirely certain that one really needs a signpost to point out the direction to look in order to see the sky, and of course, if it were truly dark, you wouldn't be able to see the signpost anyway... but I think it is a great new initiative, and something unusual to be able to recommend to our visitors for an evening out!

1 comment:

drgeo said...

There is an app called "starwalk" which I recommend. On an ipad or iphone with GPS, you just point it at something easy like the moon, and all other stars and planets you are looking at get labels. It even shows constellations.