Welsh Dark Skies Week

Welsh Dark Skies Week Overview

  • Welsh Dark Skies Week Overview

  • Coverage: Wales
  • Size: 2,083 sq/m
  • Highest point: Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)
  • Stargazing hotspot: Too many to list!
  • Best time for stargazing: September-March

Welcome to the first ever Welsh Dark Skies Week! - (February 19th-27th, 2022)

We are proud to be working together with the whole protected landscape family in Wales to bring to you a week of online and in person events around the country.

Together, the National Parks and Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all working hard to raise awareness of light pollution and how this impacts not just our view to the stars, but also our wildlife and health. We would love for you to join us on our journey around Wales’s protected landscapes to learn more about the work that is going on there to protect our Dark Skies and what you could do to help.

Date

Time

Event

Lead Area

Sat 19th

18:30-19:30

Our Dark Skies – Dani Robertson

Clwydian Range
and Dee Valley

Sun 20th

18:30-19:30

Nocturnal Insects and the Night Sky -  Rochelle Meah

Clwydian Range
and Dee Valley

Mon 21st

18:30-19:30

Exploring Astronomy and Space through Philately – Katrin Raynor Evans

Wye Valley

Tues 22nd

18:30-19:30

Beginners guide to Orion, Taurus and Gemini

Brecon Beacons

Weds 23rd

18:30-19:30

Ancient Stories Under the Stars

Gower

Thurs 24th

18:00-19:30

Archaeology and Astrophotography in Pembrokeshire’s Dark Sky Discovery Sites

Pembrokeshire Coast

Fri 25th

18:30-19:30

Astroarchaeology with Professor Clive Ruggles

Eryri

Sat 26th

 

TBC

Ynys Môn

Sun 27th

18:30-19:30

Astrophotography with Gareth Mon

Pen Llŷn

Do you want to win an interactive globe of Mars for your school?

As part of the Wales Dark Skies Week we're inviting primary school pupils from across Wales to build a model of one of the planets or our solar system!

Once you have completed your model, please send a picture to cyfathrebu@eryri.llyw.cymru with your name and the primary school you attend and you will be in with a chance of winning this fantastic Mars interactive globe and educational package for your primary school!

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is being run by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.
  2. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.
  3. This competition is open to primary school pupils in Wales only.
  4. Employees of Snowdonia National Park Authority are not eligible to win.
  5. The winner will receive a Playshifu globe of Mars for their school, it may not be exchanged for cash.
  6. The closing date for this competition will be 12:00 pm on the 23rd of February, 2022 and the winner will be announced on Monday the 28th of February 2022.
  7. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any social media platform.

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