The High Weald’s dark skies

The High Weald’s dark skies

The latest High Weald AONB newsletter is now available here.  Interesting article on Dark Skies

The High Weald’s dark skies 

High Weald dark skies map

The High Weald has some of the darkest skies in the  South East. Sky Quality Meter (SQM) readings taken around Wadhurst indicate skies as dark as 21.09 mags/arcsec2 – a figure that corresponds to a Silver Tier International Dark Sky Reserve, described by the International Dark Sky Association as being: “Night-time environments that have minor impacts from light pollution and other artificial light disturbance, yet still display good quality night skies and have exemplary night-time lightscapes.”

The unusually dark skies over the High Weald AONB have been identified as worthy of conservation by the International Dark Sky Association (IDSA). However light pollution is rapidly increasing and our dark skies may not exist for much longer.

View light pollution change in the South East 1993 – 2000.