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NEWS FEED: Dark Skies

National Park Authority welcomes independent Glover review

October 7th, 2019

The South Downs National Park Authority has welcomed the ambition of a major independent review that seeks to strengthen links between protected landscapes, face the challenges of climate change and engage with even more young people. Seventy years after the Act of Parliament that created the first National Parks, the review – led by writer […]

Mum’s emotional moment as she sees the moon for the first time in 20 years

March 8th, 2019

She’s not seen the moon or sparkle of the stars for 20 years. But 45-year-old mum Natalie Mann finally got to see outer space in all its glory after attending a stargazing event for the Dark Skies Festival. Overcome with emotion, the former nurse who suffers with severe sight loss said looking up at the […]

Record turnout for South Downs Dark Skies Festival

March 8th, 2019

Thousands of people enjoyed a range of fun space-themed activities during the third annual South Downs Dark Skies Festival. Events took place across the National Park during the fortnight and the headline events, Stargazing South Downs, saw a record turnout. More than 700 people came to Lewes Town Hall to enjoy the family activities, while […]

The Importance of Dark Night Skies

February 7th, 2019

The South Downs Dark Skies Festival is running from 15 February until March 3 2019. We’re sharing articles to help you understand what we mean by dark night skies, their importance and their effect on wildlife and our wellbeing. This article was written by Graham Bryant FRAS, President of Hampshire Astronomical Group. Image © Deepal […]

It’s time to get moonstruck – stargazing and lunar extravaganza returns to National Park

January 30th, 2019

The 50th anniversary of the first moon landings will be celebrated as the South Downs Dark Skies Festival returns with two weeks of cosmic fun for all the family. Find a list of all the events taking place during the festival. With 2019 marking half a century since the Apollo 11 landing, this year’s action-packed […]

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