Magazine article Sunset

Starry, Starry Night

Magazine article Sunset

Starry, Starry Night

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Starry, starry night CHAMPIONS OF THE DARK-SKY MOVEMENT HAVE WESTERNERS SEEING STARS. The winter solstice falls on December 21, marking the year's longest night. That evening won't be as lovely As it used to be: light pollution in urban areas"has erased the stars from the sky for millions of people. Fortunately, the West is the birthplace of a global effort that seeks to bring back the stars. Tucson-based International Dark-Sky Association works to educate citizens, businesses, municipalities,and lighting manufacturers about the benefits of more efficient ligh. Last year the group designated Flagstaff, Arizona, as the first International Dark-Sky City, in recognition of the city's efforts to reduce wasteful lighting. For Flagstaff's leading dark-sky advocates, Christian Luginbuhl, Lance Diskan, and John Grahame, the issue combines practical benefits, such as energy savings, with the reward of a clearer view of the heavens.

"The night sky's beauty is enhanced by intellectual understanding-when you think about the distance, the size of the universe, it gives you a different perspective on humankind," says Luginbuhl (an astronomer with the U. …

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