The Anonymous Widower

A Dilemma For Alex Salmond

I didn’t know that Scotland had a dark sky park and a gold tier one at that in the Galloway Forest Park.

It was funded by the Scottish government and as an amateur astronomer, who recently saw the wonderful skies in Sweden, I think that these dark sky reserves and parks are a very good idea.

But now Alex Salmond has a dilemma, as outlined by the BBC in this report. As a big supporter of wind turbines, does he give planning permissions for these around the park. As they are lit at night, they wouldn’t make the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory any better.

The Astronomer Royal for Scotland is not amused and has said this.

Installing any large structures that require illumination (whether visible or infra-red) would be akin to putting a factory in Glen Coe or electricity pylons along the Cuillin Ridge.

I have no direct interest as I live in London, but knowing the pleasure I get from observing the skies when I can, I think we need more dark sky parks. We also need one that is very easily accessible.  Obviously, a road through such an area to an observatory would be a generator of light pollution, but surely there must be somewhere in the UK, where a train station is in a dark sky area, that could be used to take visitors in and out, without making too much light pollution.

September 30, 2013 - Posted by | World | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. sources have discovered that Russia is extending financial guarantees to Scotland to aid in break up of UK

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