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Yorkshire Dales bids for special sky status

Yorkshire Dales bids for special sky status

Published by May Norman at 10:30am 3rd July 2020.

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Yorkshire Dales applies for Dark Sky Reserve status

  • There are plans to protect the skies above the Yorkshire Dales.
  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park claims planets, shooting stars and the northern lights are visible at night due to alack of light pollution.
  • The authority is now applying for Dark Sky Reserve status to help preserve that quality.

Could the skies above the Yorkshire Dales soon be protected?

It's something the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is hoping to do by applying for Dark Sky Reserve status.

It claims planets, shooting stars and the northern lights are visible above the Dales at night due to a lack of light pollution.

On its website, it states:

"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."

The authority is now urging people to sign its pledge to help gain the status.

Reserve status will recognise the exceptional nature of the night sky, protect it from further light pollution, and help ensure that everyone can understand and enjoy it.  

For more information on the Yorkshire Dales Dark Sky Reserve bid, visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website.