Cornwall Dark Sky News – including reminder of West Cornwall Consultation Event

Posted on: 11th July 2019

Reminder: West Cornwall Dark Sky Designation Consultation – have your say!

A community-led partnership supported by Cornwall Council is working on a proposal for west Cornwall to become an International Dark Sky Reserve to protect the amazing quality of the dark night sky. The partnership is keen to hear your views before they proceed with an application to the International Dark-Sky Association.

Map of proposed Core and Buffer zone

You are invited to drop into a consultation event on Wednesday 17th July 2019 between 4pm and 7pm at St John’s Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance TR18 2QW or email the partnership via to provide your feedback. Responses can also be sent to West Cornwall Dark Sky Partnership, c/o Cornwall Council, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro TR1 1XU. We are particularly interested to hear your views on the benefits and challenges of a designation and on the boundaries of the proposed Core Area and Buffer Zone. The deadline for responses is 31st August 2019. Responses will be processed in accordance with the Privacy Notice.

For more information please see the attached leaflet, Cornwall Council’s dark sky webpage and the Dark Skies for West Cornwall Facebook page. A poster is also attached in case you would like to help promote the drop-in consultation event.

Apollo 50 at Goonhilly
Apollo 50 is an event taking place on Saturday 20th July 2019 between the hours of 10am and 4am. It is a one-off special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the iconic Goonhilly satellite communications site on the Lizard peninsula. It will be an educational and entertaining day of music, science, art, and culture. Goonhilly is where in 1969 “Arthur”, once the largest satellite dish in the world, built for the Telstar launches that signalled the dawning of the space age and named after King Arthur beamed images of the 1969 moon landing to millions of homes. Further details of the event are available at [image credit: Graham Gaunt]

Goonhilly event

Reminder: ‘Eye to the Sky’ at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

Running until 1st September 2019, explore the life of John Couch Adams and other Cornish astronomers through the work of artist Keith Sparrow, who has transformed their achievements into Manga cartoons, juxtaposing a modern art form with stories of great Cornish historical figures. Further details are available at