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Good news for stargazers in the Channel Islands - 05/09/2011

Sark has been designated a Dark Sky Community, and the first Dark Sky Island in the world by the International Dark-Sky Association.

Sark is such an ideal location for dark sky observing because there are no public street lights. Street lighting isn’t needed because Sark had no paved roads and cars are banned. Being 9 miles from Guernsey and over 20 miles from mainland France Sark is far enough away from any sources of light pollution to allow naked eye astronomy. The population of Sark is around 600 and many of the Sark residents were required to make adjustments to their own lighting in order for Sark to be successful.

Following an Audit by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2010 Sark has officially been recognised for the quality of its night sky and has been designated the world’s first dark sky island.

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