The National Botanic Garden of Wales has been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site status - the first botanic garden in Britain to earn this honour. The move represents an official recognition of the quality of the night sky over the Llanarthne attraction.
The National Botanic Garden’s Director, Dr Rosie Plummer said: “Clear skies are an excellent measure of a good environment and this award of Dark Sky status emphasises our credentials as a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities, as well as confirming the Garden as an excellent venue for a great day out – or, in this case, a great night out!”
Dr Plummer added: “This will add impetus to our ambition of creating a site to house the 20" Schafer-Maksutov Telescope which was formerly at the Marina Towers on the Swansea seafront."
The next star-gazing event at the Garden is on Friday February 7, 6.30pm-9pm when visitors will have the opportunity to see the Moon, Jupiter, the Orion Nebula and other cosmic wonders, plus talks and telescope advice clinics in the Great Glasshouse; with cawl and coffee available from the Med Cafe. Admission is £3, under 16s free.