Today we were thrilled to have Mr Muir come to our class to give a presentation on the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. As we are all lucky enough to live in Galloway we experience very little light pollution, and this as well as being better for the environment, means we get a far clearer few of the stars than we would if we lived in large towns or cities. Mr Muir showed us photographs of New Galloway before and after the new street lights were installed, as well as shots of the whole of the UK showing light pollution. We were all amazed at the effect the lights have and how clearly they showed gas burning off oil rigs in the North Sea. Mr Muir showed us the size of the Earth compared to the rest of our solar system and although other planets within it are many many light years away from us they are still only a miniscule part of what is out there in the sky. Our galaxy now seems tiny compared to Andromeda (our closest galaxy) and the rest of the universe. We are only one tiny planet in amongst billions of others spinning constantly in space, it really does make you think…is there anyone out there!