Kerry’s International Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve
Everybody knows that Kerry is beautiful with scenery that simply talks ones breath away, but that is only telling half the story…when the sun goes down usually in a kaleidoscope of colour, another scenery comes into view made up of many thousands of stars…except of course, on full moon nights when the stars fade into the moon’s gentle glow …not all the stars though, one can still the bigger brighter stars holding their own, most of them making the familiar shapes of familiar Constellations.
On clear moonless nights it is hard to actually see these Constellations at first as there are simply too many stars and it takes quite awhile for your eyes to start making out the patterns.
Kerry’s International Dark Sky Reserve is the ONLY Gold Tiered Reserve in the whole of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the only Reserve that has a playground, a church, a little pub, a hostel, a graveyard, several beaches, a listed house – Derrynane House & Gardens …and ….a chocolate factory. It takes in Kells, Cahersiveen, Portmagee, Valentia Island, The Glen, Ballinskelligs, Waterville, Dromid and Derrynane/Caherdaniel.
One of the major assets of having a natural dark sky is that you can view the sky as our ancestors did. Without the aid of any instrument other than your own eyes you will see thousands of stars varying in size and color, you’ll easily see the band of our own home Milky Way Galaxy, Nebula’s, other galaxies, clusters, planets, satellites, nebulas and falling stars.
Why not book Jeannette to introduce you to the joy of discovering astronomy. Via the use of a powerful laser you will be shown the Constellations with many more stars than usually depicted. Hear the legends of the skies, be told the facts behind the stars, and see outdoor projections of planets and galaxies.
This is jut a sample of what the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve has to offer. All of our tours are tailored specifically to cater for your specific needs and expectations.
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