The Martinborough Dark Sky Society welcomed Dr John Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association to the Martinborough region on May 4th & 5th 2018
Dr Barentine was welcomed with a insightful pōwhiri in Martinborough on the Friday, followed by a meeting with South Wairarapa District Council to assist them with planning for the proposed International Dark Sky Reserve.
On Saturday morning Dr Barentine headed out to Lake Ferry / Lake Onoke to view a potential location for the proposed Māori Star Compass / Astronomy Centre on the Saturday morning.
On Saturday afternoon Dr Barentine attended the Space & Science Festival at Greytown school, and the in the evening was the keynote speaker at a sold-out set of talks called ‘Dark Skies & the Science of Light’ in Carteron Events Centre.
We’re incredibly grateful to Dr Barentine for taking the time to visit the area as we develop our plans to become an International Dark Sky Reserve.