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Searching for Light

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Follow professional astronomer Gary Fildes on a journey to find the darkest skies on Earth and to achieve Protected Dark Sky Park status for his home skies in England.


His odyssey takes him from Kielder Forest in Northumberland to the bustling metropolis of Santiago, Chile, before heading into the Atacama Desert to visit the most advanced astronomical facilities on the planet.


Gary witnesses true dark skies, learning from leading scientists how the Chileans protect this most precious natural asset. On his return to the UK the sky above the Kielder Observatory is granted protected status from the International Dark Skies Association making it the largest dark sky reserve in Europe.

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