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Wednesday, March 19, 2008


When I first read the title of this post I had to read it again and again. My first thought was that this post was going to be about exhaust pollution given off at traffic stop lights. But that is not what this is about. Let me pose a question. Do you miss seeing the night stars because of all the artification light at night? I am talking about artificial light pollution as compared to the beautiful natural star light in the sky. While light pollution is detrimental to our ability to observe and enjoy the night sky, it also disrupts the surrounding natural environment, wastes energy, and has the potential to cause health problems. Plans are underway for the 5th Annual Dark Sky Festival at Harmony. This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2008 and will kick off at 7pm in Harmony's Town Square, in Harmony, Florida. The Dark Sky Festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from the effects of excessive artificial lighting. The Festival is free and open to the general public. In addition to introducing environmentally intelligent lighting and lifestyle practices, the event also encourages the development of scientific interest in Florida youth. There will be lots of fun aspects of the festival such as telescopes for viewing the stars, a kids zone with a speaker talking about Myths in the Night, speakers talking about light pollution and a music by Motown recording artists, Rare Earth.

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