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A galaxy far away: new mobile observatory for Kerry.

Star Wars fans visiting Skellig Michael may soon have another space attraction to enjoy.

A far away: new mobile observatory for Kerry

Star Wars fans visiting Skellig Michael may soon have another space attraction to enjoy.

Plans for a once-off mobile observatory, the first of its kind in Europe, are under way in Kerry. The observatory would operate day and night in all weathers, and could be moved throughout the 700sq km Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve.

While thousands of tourists arrive to catch a glimpse of the jagged monastic island of Skellig Michael because of its role as a location for the Star Wars films, hundreds are now also feeling the force of the Skelligs area because of its status as an international gold-standard dark-sky reserve – the only one in the northern hemisphere, and one of only three in the world. 

It received the accreditation in early 2014 from the International Dark Sky Association, based in the US, after submissions by local astronomer Julie Ormonde, who is based in Waterville. 

Backed by mountains and stretching towards the sea, the area from Kells Bay to Sneem and out into the Atlantic as far as Skellig Michael, the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has rare night-sky clarity and is the least light-polluted in the world, the association found.


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