With large expanses completely free from light pollution, the Yorkshire Dales is a truly special place to experience the sky at night.
When conditions are right it is possible to pick out the Milky Way, as well as planets, meteors and constellations. You might even catch the eerie glow of the Northern Lights or the International Space Station travelling at 17,000mph above our heads as it completes its 15.5 orbits of the earth every day.
But while the Dales’ night sky brings a unique sense of wonder and tranquillity, the increasing threat of light pollution is limiting our views. It also wastes energy, threatens nocturnal wildlife, and can even affect our own wellbeing. We need urgent action now to save our dark sky.
We are bidding to make the Yorkshire Dales an International Dark Sky Reserve – and we need your help.
Reserve status will recognise the exceptional nature of our night sky, protect it from further light pollution, and help ensure that everyone can understand and enjoy it.
Please show your support for the Yorkshire Dales Dark Sky Reserve bid and
Your help is greatly appreciated.
The sky at night can enthral and delight, bring us all together, and give a wonderful sense of well-being. While we are all staying safe at home, there is one thing we can do from our gardens and front door steps – look up and enjoy the tantalising world beyond our own.
Last week was all about the spectacle of the annual Lyrid meteor showers. This week there is another celestial show to marvel at – the planet Venus will reach its greatest level of brightness for the entire year.
And there is yet more for stargazers to look forward to next month. On 16 May you could see a smiley face in the night sky! This rare phenomenon – last witnessed in Asia in 2008 – comes about through a happy alignment of Venus, Jupiter and a crescent Moon.
Find out more about how to enjoy the National Park’s dark sky.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note that the Dark Sky Pledge is now closed.