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Sark Astronomy Society
Sark is a small island, fourth largest of the Channel Islands, in the south-western English Channel off the coast of Normandy, France. It forms part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and has a population of about 600.
In January 2011 Sark gained International Dark-Sky Association recognition for its exceptional quality of unpolluted darkness, and became the first functioning island community to gain the title of Dark Sky Island. It was during this time that the Sark Astronomy Society (SAstroS) was formed by a band of enthusiastic stargazers eager to share the wonders of Sark's magical night time display with others.
Chair, aka Starfleet Commander
Jo Birch (Treasurer)
Channel Islands GY10 1SD
The Society hosts annual Starfest celebrations - the first having occurred in October 2011. They generally occur in the autumn or spring to mark both the beginning or end of winter.
During our Starfests we have welcomed a variety of guest speakers:
Professor Andrew Coates - Head of Planetary Science, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Dr Marek Kukula - Public Astronomer, Greenwich Royal Observatory
Professor Chris Lintott - Oxford University and presenter of BBC The Sky at Night
Bob Bower FRAS
David Le Conte - (ex NASA) FRAS
Dr Kukula enjoyed his first visit so much he has returned several times, most recently in October 2014. Our guest speakers always give inspiring and entertaining talks.
Steve (darkskyman) Owens
Dr Paul Fellowes FRAS