The Girvan Rotary Club were recently visited by David Warrington of the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, where he is the resident astronomer and science educator.
The Dark Sky Observatory is situated on a hilltop side in Craigengillan at the edge the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. The publically accessible educational observatory has some ofb the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes to observe the night sky.
Members heard how the Galloway Forest Dark was the first in the UK and Europe and it has been awarded gold tier status by the International Dark Sky Association.
The new observatory includes a 20 inch telescope in a five metre dome and a 14 inch telescope for a hands on, open air experience. Also included is a mobile planetarium which can be used to take an immersive planetarium experience out to you. It is inflatable and six metres in diameter and can accommodate up to 40 people. The observatory offers packages for schools and other education and community groups and has a lecture room for 32 people. Rotarians were amazed at this being on their doorstep and thanked David for his talk and Nancy Rae for a lovely meal. Rotarian Jim Flowerdew is pictured above with Jim Flowerdew.