Exmoor Celebrates 10 years as International Dark Sky Reserve
It was ten years ago that Exmoor’s uniquely dark skies were formally recognised by the International Dark Sky Association and the National Park became Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Recent research by CPRE, the countryside charity, demonstrates that today, 92% of Exmoor has pristine night skies, free from light pollution, and even the remaining areas have incredibly dark skies.
Exmoor residents often marvel at the night sky but for our visitors, many of whom live in light polluted towns and cities, gazing up to see thousands of stars can be a very moving experience.
Joining us during the popular Dark Skies Festival is a great way to help us celebrate this special quality of the National Park. This year’s festival, kindly sponsored by telescope manufacturer Celestron UK, offers events for anyone with an interest in the outdoors, the natural world, the night sky and our place in the universe.
There are now opportunities all year round for learning more and enjoying the spectacular night sky views so whether you’d like to head out on your own or be guided by an astronomy expert there’s plenty for you to discover.
The full Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 2021 listings can be viewed here. The festival takes place 22nd October – 7th November 2021.