Stargazing on Necker Island

One of my favourite things to do is to sit and look at the stars. Here on Necker Island, we’re very fortunate to have very little light pollution and we get the most incredible displays from up, up above.

These beautiful photos were taken by Rocco Gardner on Necker recently. We’ve got tea, good company, and the most miraculous views of the moon and the stars – that’s pretty much perfection to me.

Richard Stargazing on Necker Island

I’ve been stargazing ever since I was a little boy, running around outside our home in Shamley Green. My fascination with the space really took off on July 20th 1969, when my father turned on our little black-and-white television we watched Apollo 11 land on the moon.

It was the spark that led to us starting Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, many years later. A couple of months ago we took our spaceship, VSS Unity, to space for the first time. As our testing program continues, I’m working hard on my fitness in preparation for my own first spaceflight. I can’t wait to get up there.

Full Moon on Necker Island

But in the meantime, we will continue to look up to the stars. If you’re up late at night, thinking over a problem or trying to come up with an idea, don’t keep your head down. Get outside and look up. You never know what the stars could inspire next.

Richard Branson Stargazing on Necker Island

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