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Night Sky Sanctuary (Dark Sky Reserve)

In a unique and first-of-its-kind initiative, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt of India, has undertaken to set up India’s first-ever “Night Sky Sanctuary”.

A part of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary at Hanle, Ladakhis all set to become India’s first Dark Sky Reserve.

An Dark Sky Reserve is a public or private land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment.

The need for one

It will boost Astro tourism in India and will be one of the world’s highest-located sites for optical, infra-red, and gamma-ray telescopes.

Help in boosting local tourism and economy through interventions of Science and Technology.


Why Ladakh?

The locations is away from any form of human disturbance

Clear sky conditions and dry weather conditions exist throughout the year

At a height of 4,500 metres, Hanle is already home to an optical, a gamma ray and an infrared telescope at the Indian Astronomical Observatory complex operated by the IIA. These telescopes have been used to study stars, galaxies, exoplanets and the evolution of our Universe


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