International Dark Sky Week

This week is International Dark Sky week. 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 (more on this tomorrow).

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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.

There are many ways to help spread the word that all that light at night isn’t necessary. has a list of activities that you can participate in to help bring back the stars.

Even if you aren’t into astronomy, just looking up at the night sky full of stars can be as special as a romantic night, or an awe inspiring, imagination opening event.  You owe it to yourself and future generations to help preserve the beauty of the night.


This is a time lapse photo taken from my astronomy club’s dark sky site.  You can clearly see the effect of light pollution from a city over 15 miles away.

– Ex astris, scientia –

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