The Dark Side of Light Pollution

Presented By: Stellar Vista Observatory and University of Utah South Physics Observatory

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020.

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT* (Please note the time zone). 

Even though Kanab, Utah enacted an outdoor lighting ordinance in 2018, sky glow over the city continues to grow brighter. Learn about the adverse effects of the ordinary light pollution we experience each night as it impacts human health and safety, wildlife (such as sleep, mating, and feeding cycles), science (both amateur and professional astronomy), and the economy. You’ll also learn some simple steps you can take to help!

Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory (SVO) provides free Weekly Sky Reports identifying the most prominent night sky objects to look at on our website at www.stellarvistaobservatory.org. Visit the website to learn more about the exciting initiative to build a free educational astronomical observatory in Kanab. Consider donating to the project.

Paul Ricketts is director of the South Physics Observatory (SPO) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and the department of Physics and Astronomy’s Interpretive Specialist in astronomy. SPO offers FREE public star parties on CLEAR Wednesday nights open to all ages, interests and groups as well as lectures, demos, special events, and assistance for those looking to learn to use telescopes for personal use, astrophotography, school science fair projects, and K-12 schools. (Star parties and physical outreach are currently suspended due to the pandemic.)

 

This event will be a FB LIVE post on the South Physics Observatory Facebook page.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT TO WATCH.

The event will begin at 6:00pm (MDT).  You may click the highlighted link above at that time, or if you have a Facebook account, you can RSVP to the Facebook event (8/16- not yet created) and will receive their reminders.

 

Our festival is made possible through your tax-deductible contributions.  We need your support!  Please consider making a one-time $20 donation when you register to attend.



For additional information about this event:

Event Contact Name: Paul Ricketts

Event Contact Phone: (801) 581-6901

Event Contact Email: observatory@physics.utah.edu

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