Dark Skies Online Chat
April 29, 2021, Featuring Sam Finn, Peter Lipscomb, Francois-Marie Patorni, and Terry Smith:
Question and answer period has been compiled, available here:
What can you do to save the beauty of our night skies?
- Read the Five Easy Steps to Bring Back the Stars
- Read the NM Night Sky Protection Act
- Schedule a Star Party – a telescope party in your own backyard with Astronomy Adventures and the Capital City Astronomy Club.
Links to learn more about the stars and how to protect them
- Wikisky – a detailed interactive Star Map
- Google Sky – includes a number of ways to explore the night sky
- International Dark Skies Association – the recognized authority for night sky protection
- National Park Service Night Sky Team
- Light Pollution Map – An Interactive world light pollution map
- Astronomy Resources for Kids – fun activities and information for teaching kids about the stars.
Light pollution articles
- LED streetlights contribute to insect population declines: study. Science X, August 25,2021
- Foiling the Flashy: How artificial light dims insect behavior (Ep 67). Big Biology, July 1, 2021
- Using Dark Sky Approved Lighting to Reduce Light Pollution
- Earth Week: State and local laws help protect night from light pollution. The New Mexican, by Adele Oliveira, April 24, 2013
- Spivey A 2010. Light at Night and Breast Cancer Risk Worldwide. Environ Health Perspect 118:a525-a525. doi:10.1289/ehp.118-a525
- Chepesiuk R 2009. Missing the Dark- Health Effects of Light Pollution. Environ Health Perspect 117:A20-A27. doi:10.1289/ehp.117-a20
Sanders and Gaston 2018. How ecological communities respond to artificial light at night. Journal of Experimental Zoology doi.org/10.1002/jez.2157
- Cost and Health Effects of Pollution. US Insurance Agents
- Turn down the lights: The ecological effects of bright nights (Ep 53)