Dark skies are a feature of the Isle of Wight so perhaps the term Isle of Light could be confusing. However, the low level of light pollution across the Island allows visitors to enjoy stargazing with a clarity that’s often not achievable in other parts of the UK. The Island is home to a number of astro-photographers such as Chad Powell and Jamie Currie. Jamie has found the Isle of Wight to be the perfect spot to capture the constellations in stunning definition, whilst Chad commented: “I stepped out of my house late last night to see if the sky was clear and I was greeted by the brightest Milky Way I have ever seen, it was incredible!! It’s very rare to capture the Milky Way from your doorstep!” Find out more about dark skies on the Isle of Wight here.
Talking to the Daily Mail, who named the Island the “Isle of Light”, Jamie said: “The light pollution on the Isle of Wight allows me to pull as much possible light into the camera to capture the billions of stars in the galaxy. It’s a truly astounding phenomenon”.
The Milky Way contains between 100 and 400billion stars that cannot be distinguished properly with naked eye. But on the Isle of Wight, you can take spectacular images of the iridescent colours of the Milky Way illuminating the night sky. There are many places on the Island where you can see one of nature’s great displays, from St Catherine’s Point with its stunning coastal views to Brighstone Beach and the Needles rocks.
So grab a pair of binoculars and get ready for a spectacular light show in which the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow.
Isle of Light
But the night sky is just one of the reasons the Island is so special and this Autumn, the Isle of Light will be casting a special glow on everyone who visits. The Island has more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK and as Summer temperatures extend into Autumn, the Isle of Light will allow you to retain that summer feeling by continuing to do the things that make you feel happy and relaxed.
Imagine amazing beach sunsets with pillowy pink hues and bright burning glows, walking through incredible landscapes of orange and gold and yes, the Island’s awesome natural light show as our dark skies provide a stunning backdrop to thousands of galaxies.
Add to the mix, prettily-lit towns and villages like Ryde and Shanklin Old Village as well as magical nighttime attractions like The Chine Lumiere where hundreds of lights illuminate this spectacular gorge and its waterfalls after dark. Also this October, visitors can experience Blackgang Chine’s stunning Illuminations as the whole park re-awakens, creatively illuminated using exciting and dynamic lighting effects and sculptures.
If that isn’t enough, the Isle of Light brings together a stellar line-up of events and activities guaranteed to have you tripping the light fantastic well into Autumn and beyond…