Moonlight and Magic in Mayo
The towns and villages bordering Ireland’s only Dark Sky Park will team up once again to organise the fifth annual Mayo Dark Sky Festival. The 2020 Festival will be a little different of course, as it will take place online, respecting current Covid-19 guidelines.
In previous years the festival has featured talks on physics, culture and the environment, family friendly science workshops, as well as walks, stargazing sessions – and more than a little magic!
The team is busy putting together an exciting online programme which will offer innovative ways of celebrating the stunning dark skies of County Mayo. They certainly will miss welcoming people in person to events here in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy – but they think this new format offers great scope for combining creativity and technology to bring the magic of Mayo’s skies to the world.
They really want to share their passion for the pristine night skies of Mayo with as many people as possible. Clear unpolluted skies are now, sadly, a rarity – the Milky Way is so obscured by the effects of modern lighting that it is no longer visible to over 50% of Irish people – and that figure is as high as 80% in mainland Europe and the US. Mayo Dark Sky Park is a stunning natural asset that we are only now beginning to truly appreciate.
The one day festival will take place on Saturday 31st October 2020. Subscribe to their website and you will be the first to receive the full programme of online events, before it is published on www.mayodarkskyfestival.ie.