History society to welcome astronomer

Astronomer and science educator from the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is to be the speaker at the next meeting of the Maybole Historical Society on Monday October 5 at 7.30pm in the Town Hall.

David Warrington, former science teacher turned resident astronomer plans to tell the audience about the inner workings of the observatory.

The observatory occupies a hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and is a fantastic facility so close to home.

David was due to speak earlier on in the year but due to a foot injury he had to cancel so the society are thrilled that he will hopefully make it this time around.

A spokesperson from the society said: “The UK has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe. You can find dark skies near where you live.

“This could be in your back garden, a local park, or getting out of town altogether.

“From a city centre location we might see about 100 stars with our naked eyes, and the further away from the streetlights you go, the better the view becomes. Under a really dark sky we can see over 1,000 stars. We can even see our own galaxy, the Milky Way, stretching across the sky.This accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky. So come along, sit back and be amazed.”

The observatory has events on throughout the year including evening sessions the public can book into to view the night sky through a large telescope. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear David speak with tickets costing only £2 to non-members.