Night Sky Conservation & the Dark Sky Movement

Aaron Watson’s presentation will illuminate the harms of light pollution and the benefits of seeing stars at night.¬†Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial (usually outdoor) light. Too much light pollution has consequences: it has adverse health effects, washes out starlight in the night sky, interferes with astronomical research, disrupts ecosystems, and wastes energy. Learn what you can do to reduce light pollution in your home and your greater community.

Bio: Astronomy is a lifelong hobby for Aaron Watson, which has taken off since moving to starry Paonia in the North Fork Valley. Founder of Paonia’s first Astronomy Club and Chair of Dark Skies Paonia – a group dedicated to achieving International Dark Sky Certification for Paonia – as well as Western States Regional Coordinator for the Colorado Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), Aaron continues to create a stage for the stars, so community members can access and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

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