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Cape Clear shoots for stars

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 4:30pm

Cape Clear Island is hoping to live up to its name!

The island is seeking to become one of only 22 Dark Sky sites worldwide officially recognised by the International Dark Sky Association. These sites are dedicated to stargazing and are increasingly hard to find because of the amount of light created by modern living which makes it harder to see and appreciate the night sky.

Cape Clear lying eight miles off the coast, like the other sites, is remote from towns, cities and busy roads. Already famous for ornithology and whales, dolphins and basking sharks its night sky is another natural resource the island has to offer.

Dark Skies events provide opportunities to view the night sky with the naked eye accompanied by experienced guides and astronomers, sharing their knowledge and appreciation of the night sky.

The first Cape Clear Island Dark Skies event takes place from 22-24 May and includes both nighttime and daytime events and with support from Blackrock Castle Observatory and CIT.

There will be a range of speakers, led by Dr Niall Smith of CIT and night photographer Cian Walsh.

The event was inspired by Shane O’Neill a teacher in the island national school, who, living on its southside, became impressed with the clarity of the night sky, often seeing shooting stars, planets and even the International Space Station moving across the sky.

There is a dedicated website at capecleardarkskies.home.blog and tickets are available from evenbrite.ie.

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