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Last Updated: Monday November 16 2009 11:54 GMT

Forest given Dark Sky award

Night sky in Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Forest Park in south western Scotland is officially one of the darkest places in the country, after it was given a special Dark Sky Award.

That means the park is one of the world's best stargazing spots, according to the Dark Sky Association.

Lights in towns make it difficult to see most of the stars in the sky, and fewer than one in 10 people in the UK can see the Milky Way from their home.

It's hoped tourists will come to the park to get a clear view of the sky.

In order to get the award, the darkness was measured using a sky quality meter.

Night sky in Galloway Forest Park

The higher the sky quality meter reading, the better the conditions for viewing stars.

The darkest reading is 24, which is as dark as a room with no windows, with its lights turned off and the door shut.

Galloway Forest park got an impressive 23, which would make it hard for you to see your hand in front of your face.