Dark sky reserves 英國黑暗天空保護區



Dark sky reserves 英國黑暗天空保護區


有關 「stargazing(觀星)」 的詞彙


How many dark sky reserves are there in the UK now?


Vibrant pictures of star-strewn darkness. Incredible images of our galaxy – the Milky Way – stretching across the night sky.


These photos have been taken from the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – two national parks which have now been designated Dark Sky Reserves. The special status is given to areas around the globe with low levels of light pollution and good conditions for astronomy.

這些照片拍攝於約克郡谷地國家公園和北約克沼澤國家公園,兩地均被列為 「黑暗天空保護區」。這一特殊名號是給予全球光污染程度低、天文條件良好的地區。

Richard Darn, Astronomer
About eight out of ten Yorkshire people cannot see the Milky Way from where they live. You come here, and it stretches [from] one horizon to the other, it’s fantastic – river of light in the sky. Northern Lights – we can see the Northern Lights from here, very, very difficult to see from other parts, more industrial parts of Yorkshire. So really it’s a sky full of magic both here and in the Dales.

理查德‧達恩     天文學家

More than 1,300 square miles [3,366 square kilometres] combined – the two parks form one of the biggest areas in Europe to be given the status. They join five other dark reserves in the UK, including in Snowdonia and Exmoor.

這兩個國家公園佔地1300多平方英里(3366平方公里),是歐洲 「黑暗天空保護區」 最大的地區之一。除了這兩個地區以外,英國還有五個 「黑暗天空保護區」,包括雪墩山國家公園和埃克斯穆爾國家公園。

Julie Hutton, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
It’s amazing news that we’ve got the designation and what’s really important is that this gives the opportunity to businesses here to extend the season in tourism – we have dark sky festivals in February half term. Obviously the season’s often quieter in that time of the year, so this is a much needed opportunity to help boost the economy.

朱莉‧赫頓     約克郡谷地國家公園管理局(Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority)

It’s hoped the new status will help keep light pollution low, protect wildlife habitats, and attract visitors in winter months, when the sky is darkest, where, if you’re lucky, you can see the expanse of night, beautifully illuminated – reminding us that our planet is one tiny part of a vast, star-scattered universe.

人們希望 「黑暗天空保護區」 這個新名號將有助於將光污染保持在低程度、保護野生動物棲息地、並吸引遊客在天空最黑暗的冬季月份前來觀光。如果你夠幸運,就可以看到璀璨星光下的茫茫夜色,讓人不禁感慨:我們的星球只是廣袤無垠、星辰遍佈的宇宙中的一小部分。


star-strewn 繁星密佈的

the Milky Way 銀河,星河

astronomy 天文學

the Northern Lights 北極光

expanse 浩瀚、廣袤的區域


These two new reserves make a total of seven dark sky reserves in the UK.