CERN senior researcher joins the line-up!

We are absolutely delighted to add a new name to our list of world-class speakers at the Mayo Dark Sky Festival 27-29 October... Dr. Luis Roberto Flores Castillo is a distinguished researcher who has participated in the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) experiment with CERN in Switzerland. He is also recognised for his participation in the discovery of the Higgs Boson, often called the “God particle”. In 2012 he was acknowledged with the Top Research Prize by the Mexican Society of Physics. His research interests include the measurement of the properties of the Higgs Boson, researches in dark matter particles as well as researches in new high-mass particles. #Speakers

Programme launch...

The Festival team will launch this year's formal programme of events NEXT WEEK, with details on all events - venues, duration, pricing, transport etc. Those on our mailing list will get advance notification and a link to our online booking site, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list SOON! #news

From Leviathan to LOFAR

Professor Michael Burton, director of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, is one of the world-class speakers at our upcoming festival, and he will be talking about the important role that Ireland has played in the birth of astrophysics, including the first detailed images of objects such as the Whirlpool and Crab nebulae made by the Third Earl of Rosse with the Leviathan at Birr (the largest telescope in the world for 72 years), He will then bring things right up to date with the latest news on the topical I-LOFAR radio telescope at Birr.

Mayo Dark Sky Festival website goes live!

Our brand new website goes live today! The festival team would like to thank Brian Wilson and Steve Hanley for their kindness and generosity in allowing us to use their stunning night time photos taken in and around Mayo Dark Sky Park. We are so looking forward to the festival 27-29 October and hope you will join us! The full programme with timings, venues and prices will be published next week, but in the meantime do join our MAILING LIST #news #website

Duncan Stewart to open 2017 festival

The renowned and highly respected architect and environmentalist Duncan Stewart will open the 2017 Mayo Dark Sky Festival on 27th October 2017. "I very much look forward to observing the night sky in West Mayo, unspoilt by light pollution" he said.

2016 Festival testimonials

Just some of the feedback we received following the 2016 Festival... "Congratulations for arranging an excellent collection of speakers and topics at this event; it was an excellent event, and well attended by both visiting amateur astronomers, and locals. Congrats also to Georgia McMillan for getting the Dark Sky Park initiative under way and seeing it through to completion. Thanks also to Stephen Kershaw of Ktec Telescopes who donated a telescope as the major prize for the raffle. We had a dry weekend from Friday evening to Monday morning, and some Sun during the day, but unfortunately not enough clear sky at night to enable us to appreciate just how dark the skies are there." Terry Mosele

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Derek Dempsey of Newport Astronomy Club, talking about the club and the Mayo Dark Sky Festival

18 August 2018

Georgia MacMillan of Friends of Mayo Dark Skies, talking about Mayo Dark Sky Park and the impact of light pollution

18 August 2018

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