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New Dark Skies Exhibit opens in Tomintoul

By Ewan Malcolm

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A NEW exhibition at the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Discovery Centre is set to open to visitors next month.

The new augmented and virtual reality exhibits.
The new augmented and virtual reality exhibits.

The exhibit, set to launch alongside the centre's reopening on April 1, will feature augmented and virtual reality exhibits sharing some of the wonders of the universe.

That includes the Aurora Borealis as well as other constellations in the night sky.

It has been funded by Cairngorms Trust Green Recovery Fund and was designed and installed by Glasgow based Lateral North.

The Tomintoul and Glenlivet area is one of the best areas in the world to view the night sky and all its wonders.

That was recognised when the area was awarded Dark Sky Park status in 2019 by the International Dark Sky Association.

Sam Robinson, Secretary of Cairngorm Astronomy Group, said: "Our internationally recognised Dark Sky Park has some of the best dark skies in the country and we've developed sites where the views are particularly good.

"The new exhibit is the next step in our plan to share our dark skies with our community and visitors alike."

Tilly Smith, Chair of Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, added: "The new exhibit shares some of the secrets of our universe and will inspire visitors to go out and enjoy the amazing dark skies here in Tomintoul and Glenlivet."

Plans for a two day 'Star Party' celebration event are already in place for September later this year.

Entry to the exhibits will cost £5 with accompanying children allowed free access.

All profits from the centre are reinvested into local community projects.

The centre will be open every day from 10am until 1pm and then from 2pm until 5pm until October 30.

More information can be found here.

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