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Astronomer gives St Helena a gold star

The skies above St Helena have been judged to be dark enough for the island to become one of the world’s most attractive star-gazing destinations. It could win official recognition as a “dark sky island” within 12 months – though … Continue reading

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How Halley mapped the sky from St Helena

The astronomer Edmond Halley – famous for Halley’s Comet – spent a year on St Helena, creating the world’s first map of the stars over the Southern Hemisphere. JOHN GRIMSHAW tells the story.   While still a student at Oxford … Continue reading

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St Helena and Venus (the planet, not the goddess of love)

It’ll be 105 years before anyone on Earth sees another transit of Venus, when the planet passes in front of the sun. And the one that happened on the night of 5/6 June 2012 was not visible from St Helena. … Continue reading

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There’s gold in them stars

The way the old saying has it, all that glisters is not gold. But in the case of the stars over St Helena, it seems the saying is wrong. The astronomer who came to “audit” the island’s night sky in … Continue reading

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Astronomer snaps night of a thousand stars (eventually)

This is a picture of the night sky over St Helena – and it nearly wasn’t taken. Astronomer Steve Owens had travelled from Scotland see whether the island could qualify as an International Dark Sky Place, to encourage star-gazing tourism. … Continue reading

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Looking up: a star role for St Helena tourism?

Cosmic news: not only have officials been surveying all the land on St Helena, but now an astronomer is on his way to survey the sky. The stars above Diana’s Peak could become another “national park” in all but name, attracting … Continue reading

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