Dark Skies Discovery Day is a whole day of events including talks by leading astronomers, an astrophotography workshop, a film screening and a comedy night by Bright Club. It’s been programmed by the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival with support from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Lews Castle College UHI.
Day tickets cost £15 (£13) and enable you to book seats for all events (or click on the links below to book individual event tickets)
10am – 11am – A Brief History of Everything, a whistle stop tour of the Universe from the Big Bang onwards with Sheona Urquhart of the Open University.
11.30am – 12.30pm – The Mysteries of The Multiverse, in which Scotland’s Astronomer Royal Catherine Heymans examines the science behind the theory that there are an infinite number of possible worlds.
2pm – 3pm – The Next Steps in Space Travel, a look at the future of space tourism with Dr Chris Macleod of Lews Castle College UHI.
3.30pm – 4.30pm – Losing the Cosmos, in which Steven Gray of the International Dark Sky Association explores the importance of dark skies to our health and wellbeing.
5pm – 6.40pm – The City Dark, a film exploring the impact of light pollution.
7.30pm – 8.30pm (approx) – Bright Club, the first ever Lewis show by the international comedy night that challenges academics to turn their research into stand-up comedy. Hosted by stand-up comedian and science buff Bruce Fummey.
The day will also include a free astrophotography workshop by Stornoway Astronomical Society at 12.30pm. This workshop is a limited capacity event so is not included in the day ticket. However if you book any Dark Skies Discovery Day ticket we will notify you in advance when workshop places become available, with day ticket holders getting first priority.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is supported by Caledonian MacBrayne, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Culture and Business Fund Scotland. We would also like to thank our event partners, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI , as well as Cala Hotels, Outer Hebrides Tourism, and VisitScotland.