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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

Next Dark Sky Talk: Series #3 - Thursday, 5th August 2021

Series #4 - Thursday, 2nd September 2021

Series #5 - Thursday, 7th October 2021

The online talks are free, but registration is required:


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 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 on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5FskRYagryw

Download notes from the talk here:

July Notes - Kerry International Dark skies Series
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