Garlic Festival 2013


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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Losing the Dark

This is quite a large video file and may take a while to fully load.
I suggest you run it fullscreen if you can.

To help raise public awareness of some of the issues pertaining to light pollution, Loch Ness Productions in collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association has created Losing the Dark in fulldome video format for digital planetarium use, and also as a conventional flat screen video.

  • Losing the Dark has no license fee!
  • It’s free to anyone who would like to show it.
  • It’s on YouTube, available for on-line viewing, sharing and embedding on blogs and Web pages.
  • Downloads available, so Losing the Dark can be used in classrooms, kiosks, museum theatres, and multimedia presentations.
  • Classic planetarium theaters without fulldome capability can show this version using their traditional video projectors.You can get more information about light pollution and how to combat it from International Dark-Sky Association Web site: the Dark is copyrighted by the International Dark-Sky Association and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. information can be found at:Losing the Dark on the Loch Ness Productions website: the Dark on the IDA website:

Losing the Dark on the IDA website:

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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?


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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More files added

More useful stuff  added to the “Resources” section today.

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Resources section added

Just added a new menu item “Resources“, just a couple of documents in there at the moment but of course I’m hoping to add more.

Contributions and suggestions are always welcome

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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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