The Isle of Man has long been recognised as having dark night skies, a valued attribute of the rural character and tranquillity of the Island.
With 26 amazing official dark sky sites dotted around the Island, heading out stargazing is the perfect night time activity for the whole family.
Many astronomical sights can be seen through the naked eye including the Orion Nebula –over 1500 light years away, the Milky Way Galaxy, and one of the Milky Way’s companion galaxies the Great Andromeda Galaxy whose light has been on its way to us for about 2.5 million years. Even more can be discovered through a telescope or binoculars!
On occasion the Northern Lights can also be spotted from the North eastern coast of the Isle of Man. Normally only seen from northerly locations such as Alaska, Norway and Iceland, the Island is quickly becoming a hotspot for watching this fascinating phenomenon.