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Celebrate International Dark Sky Week with OM

Discover the night this International Dark Sky Week from 5 – 12 April, with a week of virtual activities and events, to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Join us virtually via the OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory Facebook page, where we’ll be posting a series of videos from our new Observatory, with some fun activities to enjoy with your children.

On Monday 5 April we’ll explain ‘What is a dark sky?’ by looking at what light pollution is, the effects of sky glow and how we are protecting our dark sky at Davagh Forest - the only place of its kind here and the 78th area in the world to be accredited as an International Dark Sky Park.

Our resident Astronomer, Adam Jeffers will talk about Astrophotography on Wednesday 7 April including how he got interested in astrophotography, just by using his mobile phone. 

Learn how to make your own planisphere on Thursday 8 April to help you navigate the night sky. Then on Friday 9 April, Terry Mossley from the Irish Astronomical Association will explain the connection between the stars and the stones at Beaghmore Stone Circles, which date back 4000-5000 years.

Finally on Saturday 10 April, we’ll be back at OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory with a ‘first look’ at the night sky through OM’s 14” Meade telescope. Astronomer Adam Jeffers will be there to talk us through what we can see in the sky above us.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council is encouraging residents to get involved:

We may not have opened our doors yet at OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory due to COVID-19 restrictions, but this International Dark Sky Week we’ll give you a taster of what’s in store when we do, with a fantastic programme of online events. You certainly won’t want to miss seeing the night sky above OM using the Meade telescope, the views are incredible. So make sure you tune in online, this International Dark Sky Week.

Follow OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to enjoy our online programme of events this International Dark Sky Week.

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