Friday, June 30, 2017 - 19:30 to 22:30

National Park Visitor Centre




Dark Land, Dark Skies: stargazing book launch

Join astronomer Martin Griffiths, Brecon Beacons Observatory director, for the launch of his new book, Dark Land, Dark Skies. A Celtic reclamation of the night sky, the book examines Welsh myths and their connection to the stars. The launch will be an evening of astronomy, storytelling and connection to our culture, and all are invited to attend.

Free event: please register.


More information about Dark Land, Dark Skies:
The classically named constellations and stars of the night sky haven’t always been the province of Greek and Roman gods. Ancient peoples around the world have looked up and added their particular myths to the heavens, only to have them subsumed by the Classics as the science of astronomy developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Dark Land, Dark Skies looks behind the classical sky into past, oral traditions and the stories the Welsh associated with the changing groups of stars. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from The Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his new book is an interesting and provocative combination of an astronomy guidebook, and a new perspective on Welsh mythology.