To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the worldâs first Dark Sky Discovery Sites were unveiled yesterday at Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith in Scotland. The grounds of the college are particularly well suited, providing aÂ siteÂ sheltered from the light pollution of Edinburgh, butÂ still being close enough to be easily reached by the local population.
It’s aÂ particularlyÂ good site for the NCS, as we have our office at Newbattle Abbey College, and we are proud to beÂ associatedÂ with the college.
This site, and another near Fort William in the North West of Scotland were selected byÂ The Dark Sky Scotland partnership. This is an initiative that promotes astronomy in Scotland, and excels in reaching communities to get people out there at night to appreciate the wonders of the night sky. They also have a brilliant inflatable planetarium for whenÂ the clouds come over.
To find out more about Dark Sky Scotland, and the Dark Sky Discovery Sites visitÂ Dark Sky Scotland.Â
Also, Newbattle Abbey College.