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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:53 am 
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The Northumberland National Park Authority wants to establish a 400 square miles dark sky region, and is beginning consultations with the public ( Today's "i" ).

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:16 am 
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Now it's official. After two years of campaigning, a huge area of Northumberland is to be given Dark Sky Park status.
The International Dark Sky Association has granted status to an area covering the Northumberland National Park, Keilder Water and Forest Park, situated between Hadrian's Wall ( built to keep out the fierce, drunken, Nesbitt Clan :lol: ) and the Scottish border: A total area of almost 1,500 square kilometres.
The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is England's first and the biggest in Europe. Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, said: "It is important to ensure that there will be somewhere in England where young people can fully enjoy a cosmic panorama."
While it's a good thing to have these designated dark sites, surely a more pressing need is to reduce light pollution in urban areas, where most skywatchers live.

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