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Together,

we are preserving the night environment

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Fred Watson

Australia's

Astronomer at Large

Australia has a major international role in Astronomy. The fact we can see the southern hemisphere means that we have access to some of the most interesting and exciting objects in the night sky. Where we are is right next to the Warrumbungle National Park, which in 2016 was declared as Australia's first international dark sky park. This giant piece of machinery behind me is the largest visible-light telescope in Australia.

A pristine night sky is a part of our heritage that has largely been lost due to light pollution. Until the widespread introduction of street lighting a century or so ago, we all had direct connection with the nightly display of stars and planets, and its loss is detrimental to our wellbeing in many different ways. It’s not too late to recover that connectedness, though. Education and advocacy about good lighting are the pathways towards darker night skies and a greater appreciation of the nocturnal world. 

Julia Zemiro

Television and Festival Presenter

Stargazing Live

 It’s so obvious to me how much I, and others, enjoy the night skies when out of light-polluted cities. We always comment on the beauty of the night sky, the feeling of infinity that it gives us. It just seems that the air is “cleaner” without the light pollution we have grown accustomed to in our cities.

There are so many ways we can reduce light pollution and our carbon footprint. A light. Turn it off. One by one. And we can all make a difference.

Robyn Williams

ABC Radio Presenter

The Science Show

Reducing light pollution is VITALLY IMPORTANT to our well being. 

Lyn Beazley AM

I am thrilled to support the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance:

a clear view of the night sky is a joy, part of our heritage, an attraction for visitors and a necessity for great astronomy" 

Duane Hamacher

Associate Professor of Cultural & Historical Astronomy

University of Melbourne

"We like have long gazed upon the stars as a source of inspiration, knowledge, and personal connection. They enable us to consider our place in the Universe, but how can we maintain this connection if we can't even see the stars anymore?!"

Chris Bath

Television and Radio Presenter

ABC SYDNEY

Preserving our natural environment is something we should be considering day, and night... right?

Paul Willis

Adjunct Associate Professor 

Flinders University

“When we looking into the night sky, we look into the past.

What a pity if we can’t see the majesty of the universe in all its glorious splendour simply because we have polluted our skies with artificial light!

 

We must act to protect our dark skies!"

Chrissie Goldrick 

Editor in Chief

Australian Geographic

“We are privileged to live in a country that has vast areas of dark sky. We should strive to preserve and celebrate them. Excessive light pollution is avoidable and we should be incorporating light reducing planning into infrastructure projects.

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