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Seeing Stars

Not too long ago, my kids and I were studying astronomy, and I was trying to point out some of the stars to them. We were in the backyard after dark, and although I live in a small town, we could still not see the constellations clearly because of the lights from “town”. Town being the strip of stores and stuff on our one big street. And also, maybe the huge bank of super-bright lights that light the ball fields over at the high school. I remember thinking then that it was much easier to see the details of the sky back when I was a kid, and how I ought to go to my Grandmother’s and show them from there what the sky was supposed to look like.

For reference, there is no real “town” where she lived. At least not after 9pm. Unless it’s a holiday, and Miss Lois has her decorations out. Law, then Santa can use that road as a landing strip. Also the Easter Bunny. Just Sayin’. Serious light pollution going on there. It’s outrageous, and I ought to post pictures, but I always speed past as quickly as possible, because, people. Really. Its horrendous. Blinding, even.

Which brings me to the point of this post. No, not the Easter Bunny, silly. I mean being able to see the stars! This year is the 5th Annual Dark Sky Festival in Harmony, Florida. At 7pm on April 5th, the Dark Sky Festival will kick off.

Here are some excerpts from the press release:

“The Dark Sky Festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from the effects of excessive artificial lighting,” said Greg Golgowski, Harmony’s Conservation Director and a key member of the Dark Sky Festival Planning Committee. “Poor outdoor lighting not only washes out the splendor of the heavens, but also reduces visibility at night, wastes energy, and disturbs wildlife.”

As with the past four Dark Sky Festivals, attendees will be able to enjoy viewing the night skies through a variety of telescopes. There also be lots of music and food, numerous specialty booths, an educational zone with presentations from astronomers and other scientists, nocturnal creatures, a Cosmic Kids Zone and so much more.”
Local favorite, the Silver Clouds Orchestra, will start the entertainment portion of the evening at 7:00pm. This will be followed by a free concert by legendary recording artists, Rare Earth.

Rare Earth will take to Harmony’s outdoor amphitheatre stage at 8:00pm for a live concert chock full of their greatest hits including “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”

The event is open to the general public and will last until about 11pm.

Unfortunately for me and my little stargazers, Harmony is a bit further than I want to go for a field trip! But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it if you happen to be in the area!

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