Eyes on the skies as as­tronomer gives talk

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» THE Cotswolds Con­ser­va­tion Board will launch their Dark Skies Ini­tia­tive on the March 16 with a spe­cial event led by fa­mous as­tronomer Will Gater.

The event, ti­tled ‘Chas­ing Dark­ness’, will in­clude a talk by Mr Gater about what dark skies mean to us, what they can re­veal, and how we must work to pro­tect their trea­sures.

If the weather al­lows it, the even­ing will con­clude with an out­door stargaz­ing ses­sion.

In 2016, Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land (CPRE) pub­lished sur­vey data show­ing that a good part of the Cotswolds AONB re­tains high qual­ity dark skies – but also warned that dark skies are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly rare.

Mr Gater is an as­tron­omy jour­nal­ist, au­thor and sci­ence pre­sen­ter with over twenty years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of ob­serv­ing and pho­tograph­ing the night skies. His writ­ing has ap­peared in New Sci­en­tist, BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Fo­cus and As­tron­omy Now, among oth­ers.

Will Gater said, “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to talk­ing to peo­ple from around the Cotswolds about the value of dark night skies and the many ce­les­tial sights that that dark­ness can re­veal.”

For more on the event, visit event brite.co.uk/e/chas­ing-dark­ness-an­evening-with-will-gater-tick­ets5678590­7177?ref=estw

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