The best star gazing in the world

(Photo Credit: Sark)

Looking for an island getaway? How about the island of Sark, where the star gazing is spectacular. Sark is only 3 miles long and a mile and half wide with no street lights, no cars, no artificial lighting of any kind. These unusual characteristics has gotten this island the designation of the world’s first dark sky island. The sky is so dark there that the glow from the Milky Way itself provides enough light for shadows, though subtle as they may be. If your looking up at the sky this week in your own back yard, you can enjoy all of the winter constellations with Orion leading the pack. Other highlights of the night sky include Jupiter and a thin crescent moon, as well as, Saturn and Venus. Also, notice the  range of colors of stars from deep red, being the  coolest, to bluish being the hottest. All this and more on this week’s Sky Talk.[audio: st20110207.mp3]

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