Davagh Forest, which is located in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains in Co. Tyrone is Ulster's first International Dark Sky Park.
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The International Dark-Sky Association, which is based in Tucson, Az., added the Northern Ireland location in 2020 to its list of dark places around the world.
This is the third such dark sky attraction on the island of Ireland.
Davagh Forest, which is famous for being the site of the Beaghmore Stone Circles, is known for its lack of light pollution.
An observatory is now open that showcases this newest dark sky park on the island of Ireland.
The state-of-the-art facility provides exceptionally clear views of the night sky as it would have been seen in Ireland centuries ago.
The centerpiece of the observatory is a retractable roof where a 14-inch LX600 Meade telescope is used during special stargazing events and VIP tours.
Touch screens, binoculars, mini-telescopes, and various interpretative panels help to enrich the experience for those taking the observatory's exhibition tour.
In addition, virtual reality headsets enable participants to witness the birth of a star and the fascinating Aurora Borealis.
The night-time experience also includes an outdoor film screening that takes viewers into the vastness of the universe and swoops them through an ancient forest under the fast-flowing Broughderg River before soaring up into the sky.
The dark sky park is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets must be booked in advance online.
The County Tyrone dark sky park is an area rich in culture and history.
The Beaghmore Stone Circles, about 8.5 miles (13 km) northwest of Cookstown, is a complex of early Bronze Age stone circles and cairns.
The site dates to the early Bronze Age and is evidence of the ancient rituals of the Celtic people.
The site was discovered in the 1940s by locals who were cutting turf.