Kerry Dark-Sky Reserve

Southwest Kerry, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, is Ireland's FIRST International Dark Sky Reserve, as designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Kerry Dark-Sky is one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet; this is the highest designation for the exceptional quality of its night sky. It is the first region in Ireland to receive such an award and is the first region in the northern hemisphere to achieve this designation.

This 700sq km area in southwest Kerry is regarded as an exceptional nocturnal location, with minimal pollution and of great scientific interest. Many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye, instead of having to use any astronomical equipment. Only two other Gold-Tier reserves have been awarded, the Aoraki Mackenzie (New Zealand) and Namib-Rand Nature Reserve (Africa). It offers an array of visible phenomena including the Milky Way, zodiacal light and faint meteors, Andromeda Galaxy, Star Clusters and Nebula's. These are just some of the naked eye wonders to see without the aid of any astronomical equipment or filters.

Extend your horizons and experience Satellite watching, Moon gazing or Planet hunting in Kerry’s Dark-Sky Reserve!

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Ring of Kerry, Caherciveen, County


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