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Galloway Forest Park tipped for meteor spectacular

Posted 11 August 2010
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Galloway Forest Park tipped for meteor spectacular
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Stargazers putting on men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing may be heading for the Galloway Forest Park in southern Scotland this week as the most spectacular meteor shower of the year is set to illuminate the skies.

The Perseids meteor shower regularly peaks at this time of year, with Thursday night and Friday morning (August 12th and 13th) providing the greatest number of shooting stars.

Galloway may be a great place to see the spectacle as the Forest Park has Dark Sky status, an official recognition by astronomers of the almost total absence of any terrestrial light pollution, meaning celestial objects can be seen extremely clearly.

Head of recreation and tourism at Forestry Commission Scotland for Galloway Keith Muir said: "We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we get clear skies at the time of the meteor shower as we may witness a really spectacular show."

Galloway Forest Park also offers plenty of opportunities to go walking, including a climb of Merrick, the highest peak in the south of Scotland.

Posted by Dan Mirza