Dark Skies: Losing the Cosmos, with Steven Gray

Sat 12 Feb 2022

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Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered, really wondered, what might be ‘out there’? Countless generations before us have done just that and have made many stunning and profound discoveries along the way, but recent research has shown that global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years. Already millions of children around the world can no longer see the band of the Milky Way and all but the brightest constellations are fading from view.

In this Dark Skies Discovery Day talk, Steven Gray explains how light pollution affects almost every species on earth (including us) and how it’s not too late to make a difference, learn how to take some simple steps to help make a change.

The talk will touch on health, nature, satellite ‘mega constellations’, astro-tourism and turtles.

Steven Gray is director of Cosmos Planetarium, a member of the International Dark Sky Association and an IDA Dark Sky Advocate.

Losing the Cosmos is part of Dark Skies Discovery Day, a whole day of Hebridean Dark Skies Festival events in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Day tickets are available for just £15/£13.

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.