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International Dark Sky Week 2 - 8 April 2024

International Dark Sky Week is a global event aimed at raising awareness about light pollution, advocating for simple solutions to address the issue, and celebrating the breathtaking beauty of the natural night sky.

Initiated by high school student Jennifer Barlow in 2003, her motivation was clear: "I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. I want to help preserve its wonder."

When is International Dark Sky Week?

IDSW is held annually in April, coinciding with Global Astronomy Month and the new moon phase when the night skies are at their darkest. This year, mark your calendars for April 2–8, 2024.

How can I celebrate International Dark Sky Week?

  1. Participate in this Australasian Dark Sky Alliance Campaign - and help us gather Dark Sky Data and let your council know you care about the night!

  2. Step outside with friends and family to experience the nighttime environment firsthand. Take the opportunity to look up and marvel at the wonders of the night sky.

  3. Participate as a citizen scientist and contribute data to projects like Globe at Night. Your observations can help scientists worldwide understand the impact of light pollution on our planet.

  4. Dive deeper into the topic of light pollution and its effects on human health, the environment, energy conservation, safety, and cultural heritage.

  5. Join the online conversation using the hashtag #IDSW and connect with fellow dark sky enthusiasts on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

  6. Spread awareness about light pollution and the significance of dark skies. Engage in conversations with your community, neighbours, or local representatives about the importance of preserving our night environment.

Let's come together to celebrate the beauty of our natural night skies and work towards protecting them for generations to come!

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