DST to set up India’s first-ever Night Sky Sanctuary in Ladakh

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The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India will set up India’s first-ever Night Sky Sanctuary in Ladakh. It will be completed within the next three months.

This was disclosed by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh after meeting Lt. Governor Ladakh, R.K. Mathur on 3 September 2022 at New Delhi .

Where it is being set up ?

The proposed Dark Sky Reserve will be located at Hanle in Ladakh as a part of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary.

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

Who will set up ?

The Union Minister informed that a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently among the Ladakh Union Territory administration, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru for launching the Dark Space Reserve.

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