Dark Skies Resources

What can you do to save the beauty of our night skies?

Fun links to learn more about the Stars and how to protect them

Wikisky – a detailed interactive Star Map

Google Sky – includes a number of ways to explore the night sky

International Dark Skies Association

National Park Service Night Sky Team

Del Mar Fans & Lighting – a great resource on causes and types of light pollution

Light Pollution Articles

Kevin Hatan – July 18, 2017. Understanding Light Pollution: Its Environmental Impact and Human Health Implications

Nelson A 2012. Light Pollution: Effect On Humans and Energy Efficient Solutions

Spivey A 2010. Light at Night and Breast Cancer Risk Worldwide. Environ Health Perspect 118:a525-a525. doi:10.1289/ehp.118-a525

Chepesiuk R 2009. Missing the Dark- Health Effects of Light Pollution. Environ Health Perspect 117:A20-A27. doi:10.1289/ehp.117-a20

The detrimental effect of bad lighting is now so serious that the American Medical Association has called for a national effort on light pollution, stating that “many species (including humans) need darkness to survive and thrive” [PDF]. The AMA also states:

“Light trespass has been implicated in disruption of the human and animal circadian rhythm, and strongly suspected as an etiology of suppressed melatonin production, depressed immune systems, and increase in cancer rates such as breast cancers.”