International Dark Sky Week

Seven Days of Celebration, Learning and Action!

Starry Sky Arches Person NPS photo by Jacob W Frank

 

 

Celebrate the stars! Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month.

 

 

I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future . . . I want to help preserve its wonder." – Jennifer Barlow

 

Credit: NPS Photo by Jacob W. Frank

 

Dark Sky Week Goals

  • Inspire people to celebrate the beauty of the night sky
  • Raise awareness about the negative effects of light pollution
  • Embolden folks to Take Action!

 

Visit Us Each Day and Learn Something New! 
  • Day 1 – Why Light Pollution Matters. Get a basic overview of light pollution including what it is and how it happens
  • Day 2 – Ill Health. Learn how light at night can be dangerous to human health.
  • Day 3 – Environmental Harms. Discover how light pollution puts animals and entire ecosystems at risk.
  • Day 4 – Energy Waste. Find out how light pollution wastes energy and money and contributes to climate change
  • Day 5 – LightingSafety & Crime. Learn why more and brighter lights can actually make us less safe.
  • Day 6 – Stars are Our Heritage. Discover why the night sky is important for humanity.
  • Day 7 – Take Action! Find out how you can simply and quickly make a difference. 

 

Light Polluiotn from air richarson
  Credit: Jim Richardson

Join Us Online! Post about dark skies awareness on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media you like using the hashtag #IDSW2014. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Attend an Event! 2014 International Dark Sky Week Events

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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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