Dark Sky

Dark Sky

Why in news:

  • Recently, the district administration of Ladakh designated six hamlets within the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary as a “dark­sky reserve”.

Dark Sky Reserve, Ladakh

  • The designation meant that the reserve had a responsibility to keep the skies dark, particularly for the astronomical observatories located in the area.

What is meant by Dark Sky:

  • Dark sky usually refers to an area whose sky is free of light pollution.
  • dark-sky preserve(DSP) is an area, usually surrounding a park or observatory, that restricts artificial light pollution.

Objectives and Importance of Dark Sky Heritage:

  • To promote eco- and astro-tourism;
  • To promote protection of nocturnal habitats, public enjoyment of the night sky and its heritage, and areas ideal for professional and/or amateur astronomy;
  • To encourage land administrators, surrounding communities and private interests to identify dark skies as a valuable resource in need of proactive protection;
  • To provide international recognition for such sites
  • To encourage other sites to become environmental leaders on dark sky issues by communicating the importance of dark skies
  • To preserve the ecological integrity of natural environments.
  • To ensure the full enjoyment of a wilderness experience.
  • To appreciate the integrity, character and beauty of rural landscapes

Syllabus: Prelims + Mains; GS3- Science and Technology