Bringing Back Our Starry Nights

Mar 23, 2015

Starry Nights is a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness about light pollution and the steps we can take to end it in our community.

WMRA's Matt Bingay spoke with Paul Bogard, one of the event organizers, about our modern day problems with light pollution and the solutions our communities might embrace.

Paul Bogard is co-organizer of the Starry Nights events happening this week in different cities each night, and is author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown. 2013). Paul Bogard is also an Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University.

Here are a few event highlights from Starry Nights:

Tuesday, March 24  - James Madison University:  Screening of the award-winning documentary “The City Dark” at the John C. Wells Planetarium.

Wednesday, March 25  - Washington & Lee University: "Starry Nights Lexington" Author & JMU Professor Dr. Paul Bogard will do a reading and presentation.

Thursday, March 26  - Mary Baldwin College: “Starry Nights Staunton” John C. Wells Planetarium Director Shanil Virani will discuss and demonstrate that the Shenandoah Valley is not dark at night.

Friday, March 27 - University of Virginia: "Starry Nights Charlottesville" Author & JMU Professor Dr. Paul Bogard will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “The City Dark”.

Saturday, March 28  - Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Star Party 7p-10p.