There are 11 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world, the UK has 4 – the Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, Snowdonia and the South Downs National Parks.
To learn about the important of Dark Skies this interesting article by Graham Bryant FRAS, President of Hampshire Astronomical Group provides some fascinating background
Star party – 28th February
Join The South Downs National Park Authority on Thursday 28th February at Old Winchester Hill for an evening of stargazing (by kind permission of Natural England). Telescopes and expert astronomers from Hampshire Astronomical Group will be on hand to guide you round the night sky.
Please wear warm clothing suitable for the weather, and sturdy footwear. Bring a small hand torch, and binoculars if you have them. Booking essential.
Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve is two miles east of the A32 at the village of Warnford. The meeting point will be in the main car park. Detailed directions will be sent on booking.
Running Friday 15 February to Sunday 3 March. Over two weeks of cosmic fun with star parties, talks and family activities taking place across the South Downs National Park celebrating our wonderful dark night skies..
To view more events : https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/event/stargazing-old-winchester-hill/