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02/04/2014 07:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ireland's First Dark Sky Reserve Is A Star Hunter's Paradise

Now you can hunt for leprechauns and meteors, all in the same place.

Kerry County is the world's newest -- and Ireland's first -- International Dark Sky Reserve. It's now one of seven Dark Sky Reserves around the world-- an organization against light pollution gives the title only to wide-open spaces with exceptional "sky quality and natural darkness," aka places where star-spotting is at its prime.

The sky above Kerry is a star gazer's dream, with regular appearances from meteors and the Milky Way. The Dark Sky Reserve specifically includes Kerry's Iveragh Peninsula, which is a remote seaside escape of celestial serenity.

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Photo courtesy of petercox.ie.

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