Isle of Man

Dark Sky award for Isle of Man...Undated photo handout issued by of a very starry night sky on the Isle of Man, who have just been awarded one of the best places in the British Isles to star-gaze as the Dark Sky Discovery Network has announced that the Island now has a total of twenty six designated ìDark Sky Discovery Sitesî. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 6, 2014. Measuring just 32 miles long and 14 miles wide, the Isle of Man now has the largest concentration of Dark Skies sites in the British Isles, lying in some of the Islandís best beauty and heritage sites such as Cregneash historical village, Rushen Abbey and Peel Castle. Light pollution means that more than 85 per cent of the British population has never seen a truly dark sky, but with a low population density and few built up areas, the Isle of Man provides the perfect spot for stargazing. Those hoping to visit the destinations shouldnít worry about lack of access either, with sites awarded Dark Sky Discovery status on the basis of accessibility as well as being free enough from light pollution to get a good view of the stars. Photo credit should read: Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A starry night sky on the Isle of Man, one of the best places in the British Isles to stargaze. The island has 26 designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Light pollution means that most Britons have never seen a truly dark sky, but its low population density and small number of built-up areas, makes the island an ideal location.