A star-filled sky is one of nature's most natural wonders! But they’re becoming harder than ever to experience. In an urban area you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night but in an area of low light pollution, such as in our National Parks, you could see as many as 2,000 twinkling above you.
National Parks are a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country and we are excited to celebrate this with various Dark Skies Festivals throughout the year. It’s all about discovering, learning and enjoying the dark and the stars you can see as a result, with events suitable for all ages.
Since 2016's inaugural Festival in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, Dark Skies Festivals throughout the UK have become an unmissable fixture in the stargazing calendar. Taking place throughout the country, there's never been a greater opportunity to get out and appreciate what's above.
Launched by the Dark Sky Alliance in October 2018, National Parks are amongst a number of bodies to support the Big Dipper campaign, which aims to draw attention to the light pollution creep caused by beams emitted from powerful external LED floodlights and security lighting.
The Big Dipper is highlighting how property owners can help reduce the orange-white glow, which is seen above built-up areas and is increasingly spreading across the countryside, by ensuring the beam of light from exterior lamps is dipped downwards rather than projected outwards.
The Big Dipper campaign is asking people to:
Further information on light pollution and interactive maps can be found at www.nightblight.cpre.org.uk.