Confirmation that the North York Moors National Park has some of the darkest night skies possible
Findings produced using satellite images captured at 1:30am throughout September 2015 have shown that 92% of the skies above the North York Moors are in the two darkest categories of ‘night sky’.
The North York Moors has long been a magnet for those seeking tranquility and peace, and low levels of light pollution are vital to those who wish to enjoy and be inspired by dark skies at night and the feeling of remoteness they engender. .
The research was conducted by Land Use Consultants who gathered data by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in America. The NOAA satellite captured visible and infrared imagery to determine the levels of light spilling up into British skies.
Richard Darn, amateur astronomer, said, “This report confirms that the starry skies of the North York Moors National Park are a treasure of national significance. With light pollution growing in many parts of the UK, we still enjoy wonders like the Milky Way and the stunning Northern Lights. But the findings are also a call to action.”