International Dark Sky Week

International Dark Sky Week April 20-26, 2014

 

DSA800x 202 Celebrate the stars! Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, IDSW has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. The goals of IDSW are to appreciate the beauty of the night sky and to raise awareness of how poor-quality lighting creates light pollution.

Light pollution is a growing problem. Not only does it have detrimental effects on our views of the night sky, but it also disrupts the natural environment, wastes energy, and has the potential to cause health problems.

Here are some ways that you can spread the word about IDSW during April 20-26 — and all year long:

  • Join us Online! Post about dark skies awareness on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media you like. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and/or PinterestFind out more about our participating partners. And if you would like to become a partner email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to learn out how you can too!
  • Check around your home.  Make sure your outdoor-lighting fixtures are well shielded — or at least angled down — to minimize “light trespass” beyond your property. Do you have security lights that stay on all night? Consider adding a motion-detector, which can pay for itself in energy savings in just a few months. You’ll find lots of great suggestions in  “Good Neighbor Outdoor Lighting”  and you can perform your own  outdoor lighting audit.
  • Talk to your neighbors.  Explain that bright, glaring lights are actually counterproductive to good nighttime vision. Glare diminishes your ability to see well at night, because the pupils of your eyes constrict in response to the glare — even though everything else around you is dark. Show them  this handout.
  • Ask your local library  if you can put up an  IDA poster  showing good and bad lights. Include a photo of the  Earth at night, and take some pictures around town that show examples of good and bad lighting.
  • Become a Citizen Scientist with Globe at Night and similar programs, observe light pollution wherever you are and contribute to reports coming in from across the globe about light pollution. Or join GLOBE at Night's Adopt-A-Street program and 'map' light pollution in your community. 
  • Become a Dark Sky Ranger. Teachers and families can do these activities that include an outdoor lighting audit, a game, and hands-on crafts to help visualize the night sky better. In English. In Portuguese.
  • Attend or throw a star party!    International Dark Sky Week is a great opportunity to dust off the old telescope in your attic and use it share in the wonder of the universe with your family, friends, and neighbors. Visit the  Night Sky Network  to find a  calendar of star parties  or to  find an astronomy club  in your area.     Click here  to find out what’s up in the sky.  This activity book  is full of great activities for budding stargazers of all ages!
  • Photograph the sky  and enter it in the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, run by The World at Night, or photograph some constellations and submit the pictures to the  Dark Skies Photo Project to measure light pollution.
  • Download, Watch, and Share "Losing the Dark," IDA's public service announcement. Learn more.

 

Star Party

Look for many more IDSW Events at the websites below.

For more information, here are some great resources to learn about outdoor lighting and light pollution:



Global Astronomy Month, your gateway to a month-long celebration of the cosmos.


Globe at Night, a citizen-science program to measure light pollution from your own back yard.


Where to Buy lighting fixtures that are dark-sky friendly


IDA Practical Guides and brochures that explain light pollution’s negative effects.

 

2014 International Dark Sky Week Events

April 20 - 26 
Night Sky Network Events (over three dozen listed in this link!).

April 11, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Color & Light in Nature:
Lecture & Book Signing
Speaker: David Lynch, Ph.D.
What is a rainbow? What do stars twinkle? Is it really darkest just before dawn? Why is the sky blue? Why does the full moon look so big on the horizon? Part of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association’s Annual Desert Lecture Series, and in celebration of April being Astronomy Month. Visit www.abdnha.org for more information. 760-767-3098. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.
 
April 12, Sat., 10 a.m.
Lecture: Asteroid Impacts on Earth
Speaker: David Lynch, Ph.D.
At the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association Library.
Call to reserve or www.abdnha.org for information.
760-767-3098

April 14-15, 12:30 p.m. - 4 a.m. (yes, you read that right!)
Field Trip to the Moon, Part II: Total Lunar Eclipse
Celebrate the lunar eclipse at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The Headlands Field Trip to the Moon is free and open to the public, light refreshments and some materials will be provided, and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, sketch pads, and perhaps coffee. Reservations are not required. Meet at the Guest House. If you have questions, call Adams at (231) 838-8181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 15, Tues., 8:30 p.m.
Full Moon Desert Walk
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Coordinator
Experience the serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls and the desert after dark, as we take this easy one-mile hike.  Meet at the ABDNHA Borrego Desert Nature Center.  Space limited; reservations required, call 760-767-3098.
 
April 18, Fri., 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.
4WD Tour: Creepy Crawler Safari
Guide: Ocotillo Wells State Park Naturalist
Experience the diversity of bug life present in the desert after the sun goes down and the stars come up.
Call for reservations, 760-767-3098, and meeting location.

April 24, Thurs., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Spend the day at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in celebration of its International Dark Sky Park designation. Numerous events are scheduled throughout the day concluding with an evening star party. Read the invitation, for more information.

April 26, 2014., 9 a.m -1 p.m.
Parashant International Night Sky Province Go Wild for Astronomy Festival, a public event and Daytime Astronomy Festival is scheduled at Dixie State University to officially recognize the “Parashant International Night Sky Province” designation and celebrate National Park Week, International Dark Sky Awareness Week, and Junior Ranger Day in St. George, UT. A full line up of activities is being planned, including a reading and signing of a Southern Paiute Sky Story, “Why the Moon Paints Her Face Black,” and the unveiling of a specially designed art poster created by Dr. Tyler Nordgren.

This event will be held 9 a.m to 1 p.m at:

Dixie State University
225 S. 700 E.
St. George, Utah

A variety of information booths, along with astronomy related educational programs for children and a chance to earn a Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch will also be part of the festival. For more information, please call 435-688-3377

 

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