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Starry, Starry Skies
On Friday 21st October at the New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, the Wessex Astronomical Society and Bob Mizon attended the AONB stargazing evening, with a chance to view the Orionids Meteor shower.
After an inspiring talk by Bob in the hall, everyone went outside to start looking at the sky. Several of the Wessex Astronomical Society team were on hand to point out certain star constellations, and enthuse all those who had joined us for what was to be an evening to remember.
As soon as the hall and exterior lights were turned out, a collective gasp was heard as the night sky was able to be seen in all its glory. The sheer number of stars and galaxies visible was awe inspiring, and we all had a chance to peer down a high powered telescope, as well as Bob pointing out interesting features in the sky.
Help ensure the dark starry skies of the AONB continue to be seen and appreciated
Dark night skies are one of the very special qualities of the Cranborne Chase AONB. National data continues to show the general loss of dark night skies across the country and an increasing risk of light pollution across the AONB.
In order to conserve and enhance the quality of our night skies the AONB's Management Plan 2014-2019 has a clear objective to apply for the prestigious Dark Night Sky status for the AONB.
How special are the skies of the AONB?
The Cranborne Chase AONB ranks 8th out of the 34 AONBs. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has carried out an in-depth study which show that 52% of Cranborne Chase AONB is in Band 1 – which is the darkest category.
How you can help
- help to gain International Dark Sky Reserve status for Cranborne chase AONB!
Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NL375VD and take the Dark Sky Pledge if you’d like to support this work. Sign up to our E-Bulletins to stay up to date with the latest news. Find out more about this work: our-work/dark-night-skies/
What people are saying about the dark night skies of the AONB: