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Public invited to share stargazing secrets

If you know the perfect spot to star-gaze on a clear night - it's time to let the rest of us know!

The economic development department wants the public to nominate potential sites for its Dark Skies initiative.

It plans to market the Isle of Man as a top location for visitors keen to see stars and planets well away from light pollution - creating a niche tourism sector.

Seven sites in the Island have already won Dark Skies status from the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, but another 15 are needed for the project to go ahead.

You can nominate a site, accessible to the public, by contacting Julie Colquitt on 693 858 or julie.colquitt@gov.im

Chairman of the Isle of Man Astronomical Society Howard Parkin says there are important criteria for a site to be included:

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