World’s first Dark Sky Discovery Sites announced in Scotland


Students at Newbattle Abbey College explore the night sky.
Students at Newbattle Abbey College explore the night sky.

To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the world’s 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 a site sheltered from the light pollution of Edinburgh, but still being close enough to be easily reached by the local population.


It’s a particularly good site for the NCS, as we have our office at Newbattle Abbey College, and we are proud to be associated with the college.

This site, and another near Fort William in the North West of Scotland were selected by 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 when the clouds come over.

To find out more about Dark Sky Scotland, and the Dark Sky Discovery Sites visit Dark Sky Scotland. 

Also, Newbattle Abbey College.

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