Kicking off on Earth Day, International Dark Sky Week is a celebration of our night skies, a call to action about light pollution and an event started by a high school student. I’ve only just heard about International Dark Sky Week for the first time, but it’s been going on since 2003 and is a part of Global Astronomy Month. Here are some ways you can celebrate:
- Practice turning off lights you don’t use in your house. If your children are old enough, turn all of them off! Have a night with no lights. Use only flashlights or candles.
- Go stargazing. There are excellent places to stargaze in the Ojai Valley, even if you don’t have a telescope. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) reports that millions of children across the globe will never see the Milky Way from their own homes–don’t let your child be one of them!
- Visit one of IDA’s local “Dark Sky Places.” Use their finder to help you locate one or, if you live here, you might know a special place where the stars are especially bright.
- Check out IDA’s post on Enjoying Dark Skies with Kids.
Most of all, if you see a great Night Sky, tell someone about it! That way they can share the experience with you. I hope I get a chance to hear some tales this week.