Amateur skygazers can satisfy their celestial cravings with Globe at Night, International Dark-Sky Week, Astronomy Day, and Global Astronomy Month.
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April 13th to 19th is International Dark Sky Week. Also designed to draw attention to light pollution, IDSW was conceived in 2002 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow. She's all grown up now, but her core message is the same: reducing light pollution is a win-win situation that saves energy, reduces greenhouse gases, protects the environment, and improves human health. You can participate in simple ways: check around your home to ensure that outdoor lighting is fully shielded, or at least angled downward; talk to your neighbors about the value of dark skies; attend (or host!) a neighborhood star party! These ideas and more are detailed on the International Dark-Sky Association's IDSW web page.
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