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Forest park named as top stargazing site

Posted 16 November 2009
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Forest park named as top stargazing site
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Galloway Forest Park has been named as one of the world's best places to go star-gazing.

The International Dark Sky Association named the area, in south-west Scotland, as a top location to view the heavens on a clear night, due to its remote location far from major towns and cities and the resulting lack of light pollution.

It measured the night sky in the area and found it to have a 'darkness reading' of 23, with 24 being the level for a photographer's dark room.

Glasgow or Edinburgh would measure more like 15 or 16, the body noted.

People hoping to see the Milky Way - invisible from 90 per cent of Britain - over the winter months may wish to wear men's winter jackets or women's winter jackets to stay warm while studying the cosmos at night.

Those bringing walking gear can also enjoy the daytime scenery of the park, including forest trails and mountain peaks such as Merrick, the highest mountain in the south of Scotland at 843 metres (2,765 ft).

Posted by Elaine Arthur