On a clear night, you don't need to visit an observatory, or even use a telescope, to experience the stellar displays in Sark's famous Dark Skies. Thanks to a complete lack of street lighting and general absence of light pollution, Sark is truly one of the best destinations worldwide to behold our constellations.
Experienced astronomers and amateurs in-the-know have been flocking to the island for decades but it wasn't until 2011 that Sark was designated as the World’s First Dark Sky Island. Since then, the secret has truly been out, and Sark now hosts an array of stargazers keen to experience our inspirational night skies.
Over summer when the skies are likely to be clearer, it doesn't get completely dark until after 10pm. The winter and spring months are ideal for stargazing as the sun sets earlier and is lower in the sky. Whichever time year you head out, it's advisable to take a torch to find your way, plus sensible clothing and footwear.
Whatever your level of interest in our galaxy, you're bound to be impressed with Sark's glorious Dark Skies and stellar displays.
If you wish to learn a little more about stargazing, it's possible to visit the Observatory. Up to eight people can be accommodated inside and telescopes are on hand. It may also be possible to use the smaller scopes outside the Observatory.
The Observatory is run by volunteers and you can book direct with them by telephoning:
Richard Axton +44 1481 832570
Jo Birch +44 7781 467920
or Reg Guille +44 7781 132156.
The Observatory is signposted opposite the Church. Donations can be made in the donation box at the site. The recommended amount is £5 per person.