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The UK's First International Dark Sky Park

Galloway Forest Park has been officially unveiled as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.

The award, announced by the International Dark-sky Association, confirmed Galloway as one of the best places for stargazing in the world.

This award comes after 18 months of work by the park in collaboration with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in the UK.

The news was announced on Monday 16 November 2009 that Galloway Forest Park had become the first International Dark Sky Park in the UK, and joint first in Europe, with Zselic Landscape Protection Area in Hungary being simultaneously awarded International Dark Sky Park status.

Campaign for Dark Skies e-petition
Light pollution is the result of wasted light, which means wasted energy. The Campaign for Dark Skies, working with Cardiff Astronomical Society, are calling on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Assembly Government to provide clear guidance to Welsh local authorities regarding light pollution.

Such guidance should be aimed at curbing light pollution by setting clear limits for lighting on all planning applications and by placing a statutory duty on local authorities to reduce the amount of wasted light in their area.

Sign the e-petition here (you needn't be resident in Wales to sign)
#Moonwatch Slideshow

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Autumn Moonwatch
One of the most fantastic sights you can see isĀ the Moon through a good telescopeĀ - the craters and mountains provide a fantastic and memorable experience. Autumn Moonwatch will provide you with an opportunity to see the Moon through a telescope.

Autumn Moonwatch 24 October - 01 November 2009

This is the oppprtunity for you to experience of a wide range of public outreach activities, live science events, observing with telescopes, research observatory webcasts and sidewalk astronomy events.One of the key goals is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope, as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago.

Your local astronomical society, university or science centre will be putting on events during the Moonwatch weeks and you can find out what's on near you by visiting "Find Your Local Events" in the left-hand toolbar and entering your postcode.
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