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FILM: Doorstep to Dark Skies

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May 3 @ 10:00 am
Event Series Event Series: FILM: Doorstep to Dark Skies

A Dark Sky Park is a place in the world that transports us away from the hustle and bustle of cities and towns, light pollution, and all things artificially made. It’s somewhere with exceptionally dark skies, and these locations are committed to keeping their light pollution levels low by controlling the surrounding areas in order to promote astronomical viewings.

Since 2009, Galloway Forest Park has been designated by the International Dark Sky Association as only the fourth Dark Sky Park in the world, and the first in the UK. It’s known as a Gold Tier Park for its rare stargazing conditions. There are now 115 of these Dark Sky Parks worldwide which shows they are few and far between and must be preserved to protect us from losing sight of the stars.

Very few people live in the 300 square miles of forest and hills in the Galloway Park, so nights really are black. Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye, as well as the band of the Milky Way galaxy, our home, stretching across the night.

The film Doorstep to Dark Skies replicates the experience of being under a sea of stars in Galloway Forest Park. The film is being made to raise awareness of the importance of preserving these areas while making the night sky accessible to those who may be unable to travel into the forest to experience it for themselves. Doorstep to Dark Skies aims to give people a door to the night sky – something everyone should witness in their lifetime.

Run time: 5 minutes.

Wigtown Festival Company, 11 North Main Street, Wigtown
Venue Details
11 North Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HN, Wigtown Festival Company, 11 North Main Street
Wigtown, DG8 9HN
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Date :
03 May 2024
Time :
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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The Association of Wigtown Booksellers
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