Time to start communicating with groups trying to protect the night sky.
The eighth Acadia Night Sky Festival will run Thursday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 25, with a full schedule of events planned throughout Mount Desert Island.......Kicking off the popular star party this year, Chad Moore, founder of the National Park Service’s Dark Skies Team, will be giving a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at MDI High School. The presentation, titled “A Starry Endowment,” will center on how people can help preserve the starry sky for future generations.
“It’s not just that you can’t see stars in the backyard in the city; we’re losing it in the parks as well.".......
Moore formed the National Park Service Dark Skies Team to measure light pollution in national parks throughout the country and raise public awareness about light pollution and ways to combat it.
Light pollution not only masks the beauty of the starry night sky; it also contributes to energy waste, disrupts many ecological processes, especially for nocturnal animals, and can cause adverse human health effects, according to a 2010 report prepared by the Hancock County Planning Commission and .... Medical research has shown that excessive light on the human body may increase incidents of headaches, fatigue, stress and anxiety.
“What we’re dealing with is a transboundary issue that is like air pollution but unlike air pollution, because there are few laws to govern it,” Moore said.
Read the full article here: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/09/15/outdoors/saving-maines-dark-s...