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Garlic Festival 2013

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Vectis Astronomical Society and the DarkWightSkies will be sharing a stand at this year’s Garlic Festival – 17th & 18th August – Garlic Festival website.

Please call in to say hello!

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Meeting with Andrew Turner MP

Chris and Brian had a useful meeting with Island MP Mr Andrew Turner this morning.

We explained the “Dark Skies Initiative” and outlined our progress so far along with a general chat regarding the benefits of engaging the Island community in the project.

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Press Coverage

The Isle of Wight County Press had an article on our launch event – See here

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Seems like help is on the way?

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It seems we may have a supporter willing to help us with additional Sky Quality Meters. This is really great news as it will push the dark sky mapping of the Island along much faster.

Details will follow as I get them….

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Isle of Wight Dark Skies Initiative

Vectis Astronomical Society (VAS) is pleased to invite you to:

The Public Launch of

The Isle of Wight Dark Sky Initiative

Newport Parish Church Centre, Town Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1JU

7.15 pm on Friday 24th May 2013

Bob Mizon – a senior member of the British Astronomical Association and Campaign for Dark Skies, and
Martin Morgan-Taylor – board member of the International Dark Skies Association will give a presentation entitled

“Dark Skies – Dark Future?”

This will be followed by a short presentation outlining details of the VAS application for International Dark Sky Status for the Isle of Wight

Our Island is already well known for its dark skies, as celebrated each March by the “Isle of Wight Star Party” attended by around 100 observational astronomy enthusiasts and professionals. This event has featured in recent editions of Sky at Night and Astronomy Now magazines.

Professor Bill Martin of the University of Hertfordshire Centre for Astrophysics and Atmospheric Instrumentation Research has operated a dark sky monitoring station on the Island for several years, and has stated:

“with the data we have from the Isle of Wight you potentially have the best combination of dark skies and clear weather in the UK.”

Most types of pollution are being tackled but, so far, light pollution seems to have had little attention even though it can affect all our health and well-being.

VAS is committed to reduce light pollution on the Isle of Wight and believes that achieving International Dark Sky status for the island through the International Dark Sky Association will:

Strengthen the island’s tourism industry
Improve the well-being of the population
Reduce environmental impact
Enable further education and scientific research projects
Recognize our Island as one of the most environmentally friendly
and enjoyable places to be on earth.

Please send letters of support to:

Isle of Wight Dark Skies Initiative, 35 Forest Road, Winford, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JY

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