On Thursday 26th January, the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit and the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Lifelong Learning team organized an ‘Astronomy Walk for Wellbeing’. We were joined by local astronomers Steve Sims and Tom Scott, who were eager to brave the cold night air to share their knowledge of Scilly’s dark night skies with the group.
We walked to Buzza Tower, a well known landmark that sits above Hugh Town, St Mary’s. Here we admired the planets Jupiter (along with its four visible Moons: Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io) as well as Venus the closest of the Planets in our Solar System to Earth. We also observed hundreds of stars made visible through the use of telescopes and binoculars. We looked at the Plough constellation, and followed this to Polaris (the North Star 434 light years from Earth). Pleiades, a hot blue, and extremely luminous star cluster where stars are born, commonly known as the ‘Seven Sisters’, was also visible at the top of the visible celestial sphere. The Great Nebula in Orion was also visible through the telescope and is an area of intense star formation about 1400 light years away from Earth and has a width of 24 light years.
The group managed to count 27 stars, with the naked eye, within the constellation Orion for Big Star Count 2012, which is a fantastic result! Elsewhere in Scilly we received a record of over 30 stars within Orion (this was out at Longstone and at a dark location in Hugh Town).
Thanks to all who took part in Big Star Count 2012!
Please click on the link above to view CPRE’s Star Count Map 2012.
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has published the results from the Big Star Count 2012, which for the first time includes the Isles of Scilly viagra ohne zollprobleme. Local residents, and visitors to Scilly, were invited to take part in Big Star Count 2012 back in January of this year. Participants were encouraged by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit to count as many stars, with the naked eye, within the constellation of Orion, producing varying results.
CPREs star count map 2012 shows that Scilly is on a par with other protected landscapes, such as Exmoor National Park. Most people in Scilly saw between 16 and 25 stars in Orion. By comparison some other parts of the South West, such as the area around Plymouth, have relatively high levels of light pollution, with most people viewing less than five stars in Orion
Click here for further information on the Scilly’s Dark Night Skies Project
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