Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve


What can you see in the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve this month?


We can all step outside, look up, and wonder at the beauty and magnitude of the stars twinkling in the darkness above us, but what are we actually looking at?


To help you to navigate the darkness, Kerry Dark Sky Tourism and the LIVE project have partnered with John Flannery of the Irish Astronomical Society and other special guests to present a monthly stargazing guide for residents and visitors Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve. As one of the least light polluted places in the world, the Kerry International Dark Sky reserve received Gold Tier Reserve Status in 2014.


Starting on Thursday 3rd June at 8PM and hosted by Steve Lynott of Kerry Dark Sky Tourism, these talks will provide guidance and tips on what to look out for in the coming weeks and the best way to see it. Special guests will also provide information on nocturnal wildlife activity and the importance of darkness in the natural world.


Series #1 - Thursday, 3rd June 2021 - Link to recording and notes below

Series #2 - Thursday, 1st July 2021 - Link to recording and notes below

Series #3 - Thursday, 5th August 2021 - Link to recording and notes below

Series #4 - Thursday, 2nd September 2021 - Link to recording and notes below

Next Dark Sky Talk: Series #5 - Thursday, 7th October 2021


The online talks are free, but registration is required:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsc-mprTotGtyxftTq76kzbi8hTJN1wNf6





Additional information:


Steve Lynott is the voluntary manager of the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve and the founder of Kerry Dark Sky Tourism


John Flannery is a member of the Irish Astronomical Society and is editor of their quarterly journal. He is also active in astronomy outreach and writes for Whitaker's Almanac as well as contributing a monthly column for The Irish Times online. His main interests as an amateur astronomer are the sky lore of world cultures; binocular observing; and astronomical history.


The Irish Astronomical Society - Founded in 1937, the Irish Astronomical Society (I.A.S.) is the longest existing astronomical organization in Ireland. It is a voluntary (non-commercial) organisation established to foster an interest in the wonders of the night sky and the science of Astronomy. Members include both amateur and professional astronomers.


Chuireadh Cumann Réalteolaíocta na hÉireann (CRÉ) ar bun sa bhliain 1937 chun spéis a chothú agus a leathnú in iontaisí na cruinne. Sé an CRÉ an cumann réalteolaíochta is buaine a mhaireann in Éirinn. Cumann deonach sea é agus ar a bhallríocht áirítear réalteolaithe amaitéaracha agus gairmiúla. Beidh fáilte is fiche romhat má shocríonn tú ar teacht isteach. Níl aon coinníoll maidir le bheith eolach ar an réalteolaíocht.





Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve Monthly Stargazing Series:


Series #1 - June Dark Skies:

View our June stargazing guide, with Steve Lynott, John Flannery and Lucy Taylor here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/bewLIRgS7Ps -


Download notes from the talk here:

Irish Astronomical Society Notes & Moon
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Kerry Dark Sky Reserve - June 2021
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Series #2 - July Dark Skies:

View our July stargazing guide with Steve Lynott, John Flannery and Lucy Taylor here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5FskRYagryw

Download notes from the talk here:


July Notes - Kerry International Dark skies Series
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Series #3 - August Dark Skies:

View our August stargazing guide with Steve Lynott, John Flannery and zoologist Linda Lyne on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4X_xEvJ7uvM

Download notes from the talk here:


August 2021 - Kerry Dark Sky Reserve
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Bats - notes from the Kerry Dark Sky - August 21
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Series #4 - September Dark Skies:

View our September stargazing guide with Steve Lynott, John Flannery and marine biologist Jane Sheehan on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hevP1PLpJaA

Download notes from the talk here:


September 2021 notes from the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve
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