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Starry Starry Night..

Starry skies image by photographer Alyn Wallace. man raising his arms above his head silhouetted against the night sky filled with stars
Image by Alyn Wallace - An incredibly talented landscape and astrophotographer

Hey there, fellow stargazers!

Have you ever found yourself gazing up at the night sky, wondering about the mysteries of the universe and our place within it?

It's a timeless pastime that has captivated humanity for millennia. But here's a shocking stat: did you know that a whopping 80 percent of the world's population lives under skies polluted by artificial light?

But fear not, because here in Wales, we've managed to dodge the worst effects of light pollution thanks to our glorious, unspoiled countryside. That's right – our dark skies are still shining bright, and we're working hard to keep it that way for generations to come.

In fact, Wales has become one of the world's top destinations for stargazing, attracting both seasoned astronomers and amateur sky-watchers alike. And it's all thanks to initiatives like the International Dark Sky Places (IDSP), which aims to preserve and protect our precious dark spots through education and alternative lighting methods.

Now, let's talk about some of our shining stars – our very own International Dark Sky Reserves! First up, we've got the Brecon Beacons National Park, which snagged the title back in 2013. Stretching across the eastern half of South Wales, this park offers some of the clearest views of the Milky Way and major constellations – even with Cardiff and Swansea just around the corner!

And let's not forget about the Elan Valley Estate – the only designated Dark Sky Park in Wales. Tucked away in the Cambrian Mountains, between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, this hidden gem spans 70 square miles of stunning stargazing territory, the perfect spot for a celestial soirée right in the heart of Wales.

So, how can you join the cosmic party? Well, all you need is a clear night, some warm clothes, and a healthy dose of patience. Head to one of our designated dark sky spots, and prepare to be awestruck by the wonders of the universe – from distant planets to dazzling shooting stars.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your telescope, pack a picnic, and let's go explore the starry skies of Wales together! It's a journey you won't soon forget.


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