Stargazing Live at the Garden of Wales
The National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen is the first botanic garden in Britain to be awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site status. 25 new official Dark Sky sites have just been announced to coincide with the BBC’s Stargazing Live Week and this award confirms official recognition by the UK Dark Sky Discovery partnership of the quality of the night sky over one of Wales’s most popular visitor attractions. Swansea Astronomical Society finds the National Botanic ideal for astronomy and is keen to continue to hold regular meetings there.
The next star-gazing event at the Garden is on Friday 7 February from 6.30pm-9pm when visitors will have the opportunity to see the Moon, Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and other cosmic wonders, plus talks and telescope advice clinics in the Great Glasshouse. Cawl and coffee are available from the Med Café and admission is £3 (free to under 16s). For more information about star-gazing events at the Garden, visit www.gardenofwales.org.uk and see other gardens in South Wales here.
The National Botanic Garden is an excellent venue for a great day out – and now it’s clear that you can have a great night out there too! Dr Rosie Plummer, Director of the Garden, says that clear skies offer a marvellous measure of a good environment and the award of Dark Sky status emphasises the Garden’s credentials as a hub for science, technology, engineering and maths activities. It is hoped that the site will house the 20" Schafer-Maksutov Telescope which was formerly at the Marina Towers in Swansea.