NEW art experiences, simulated space walks and a recently opened constellation trail will all be part of this year’s Dark Skies Festival.

The popular annual event, which this year takes place from February 9 to February 25, showcases the International Dark Sky Reserves above the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorks Moors national parks, and also the Forest of Bowland National Landscape.

A number of artists have come up with creative ways that people can enjoy the national parks’ pristine dark skies and be inspired by the experience to create their own pieces of art.

Derek Twine, member champion for promoting understanding at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said: “While enjoyment and discovery are at the heart of the Festival, it’s also a reminder to us all of the vital need to do everything we can to protect one of nature’s greatest wonders, the night sky, from light pollution so that we can help safeguard the natural world as well as our own health and wellbeing.”

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