The Brecon Beacons National Park is therefore an appropriate site for astronomy and dark sky tourism as it reflects readings and dark sky standards that are as competitive as those at other designated dark sky locations recognized by the International Dark Sky Association
. For those astronomers who have portable equipment and are seeking the darkness, the Brecon Beacons IDA application has delivered a dark sky reserve within a reasonable distance of major Welsh and Midlands population centres.
Galloway Forest Park was recently unveiled as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK, courtesy of the International Dark Sky Association
, one of only four in the world.
The unnamed writer sited the International Dark Sky Association
as its source for these startling facts and was breathless in his call for government action to enforce the recent IDA suggestion that outdoor lighting be limited to the use of sources with correlated color temperatures below 3500K.
The award, presented by the International Dark Sky Association
(IDA), recognises the quality of the night sky in the area, where light pollution is minimal.
Galloway Forest Park in the Borders is expected to become a mecca for amateur astronomers after the accolade announced by the International Dark Sky Association
The International Dark Sky Association
works to protect the nighttime environment and boost our ability to see the stars (see Shining Safely, right).
CONTACTS: International Dark Sky Association
, www.darksky.org; Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, www.lrc.rpi.edu.
"Over the last decades, the increasing amount of night lighting has blocked out the Milky Way," says David Crawford, executive director of the International Dark Sky Association
in Tucson, Arizona.
In one attempt to measure the problem, Don Davis, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson and president of the board of the International Dark Sky Association
, is trying to simplify a method that was tried--with mixed success--at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.
Dark Sky, Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway The very first forest park in the UK to be granted Dark Sky Park status from the International Dark Sky Association
. A unique, stargazing experience.
The club is affiliated with the International Dark Sky Association
, and Night Sky Network.
A 2015 report, commissioned by Anglesey Council, found that 75% of 60 studied sites, met the International Dark Sky Association
's 'Silver' standard, with Newborough Forest being the darkest of all.