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Isle of Wight 'is great for astronomers'

Fri 26 Mar 2010

Isle of Wight 'is great for astronomers'

People who are interested in astronomy may find the Isle of Wight a great place to visit.

According to Dr Lucy Rogers, chairman of the Vectis Astronomical Society (VAS), the island is a very popular destination among stargazers.

This, she said, is partly because there is very little light pollution on the Isle of Wight.

As a result, it is possible to see a number of celestial objects with the naked eye that cannot be seen from other parts of the UK.

"The island's skies are up with the best in terms of darkness and lead the rest in the number of clear nights," Dr Rogers commented.

Speaking to VentnorBlog, she said she hopes it will be possible to preserve the dark skies in the Isle of Wight with sensible lighting schemes.

This, she stated, will prevent light from spilling upwards into the night sky and spoiling the view for stargazers.

People who are interested in looking towards the stars during an Isle of Wight holiday can visit the VAS observatory in Newchurch every Thursday evening.
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