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The observatory will hold an internet operated robotic telescope, a small radio telescope, a small radar, a solar telescope, a planetarium, a space exhibition / display, giant wide field binoculars for viewing whales and birdlife, nature webcams, a café, educational facilities, and a small shop.


Outside the centre there will be a circular path around the headland, in some places leading to observation shelters, excellent for daytime marine life spotting walks or night-time star gazing.


Jill Smith, chair of the trust, said: “The Cetus observatory will inspire and invigorate its visitors, and will bring life back to our community, jobs to our area and will attract young people back to our villages.”


Torchlight procession to mark Cold War spy base buyout

28 January 2017

A buyout trust is holding a ceilidh and torchlight procession on Saturday to celebrate its first year as a community land owner.


Gallan Head Community Trust plans to redevelop the former remote surveillance base at RAF Aird Uig which monitored Soviet planes and ships during the Cold War.


Central to the regeneration proposal is a project called the Cetus Observatory aimed at attracting visitors to observe and listen to the island’s rich marine wildlife during the day and to enjoy its spectacular views of the Milky Way at night