As of Friday, September 2, 2016
WHAT: Friends of Goldendale Observatory (FoGO) welcomes you to an informative and in-depth presentation of the effects of light pollution on our rapidly disappearing views of the nighttime sky
WHERE: Memaloose State Park, Interstate 84, Mosier, OR 97040
WHEN: Saturday September 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Once a source of wonder and enjoyment, the star-filled nights of just a few years ago are rapidly vanishing in a foggy haze of artificial light. The effects of bad nighttime lighting is cumulative and adds up quickly; light pollution not only masks our view of the stars — poor lighting is ugly, threatens public safety, and wastes energy to the tune of $3.3 billion per year in the U.S. alone.
Dark-sky friendly lighting does not require you to live in darkness or turn off all the lights at night — only the unnecessary ones. Light pollution is that rare issue that costs less to solve than to let it continue. Learn how glare lighting actually threatens public health and safety, and how to implement outdoor lights that are designed to save energy and money, and keep and protect our dark skies for current and future generations.
Presenter Bob Yoelse has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to the Northwest 37 years ago. Yoesle is also the President of Friends of Goldendale Observatory, and does frequent observations and education about the sun, and renewable energy from the sun, as well as advocacy for dark-sky friendly lighting to protect the Goldendale Observatory International Dark Sky Park, and the scenic dark skies of the Columbia Gorge.
For further information, email FoGO at FriendsOfGOSP@gmail.com.