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Valuing Dark Skies

James D. Brown For at least half a century, astronomers have paid witness to the debilitating effects of artificial light on the night skies. In more recent years, growing science and our own innate understanding of a disconnection has led us to better understand that we are all suffering from a lack of dark skies. [...]

Wildness in the Night Sky

Tim Beatley We tend naturally to associate large cities with bright lights. There is Times Square, of course, and the Great White Way (Broadway Avenue), in New York City before that. There is Paris, of course, the City of Lights (though this may have more to do with the city as an intellectual center). A [...]

Lights Out in Flagstaff, Arizona!

Briana Bergstrom When the great earth, abandoning day, rolls up the deeps of the heavens and the universe, a new door opens for the human spirit, and there are few so clownish that some awareness of the mystery of being does not touch them as they gaze. For a moment of night we have a [...]

Taming the Night for Kid Friendly Dark Skies

Amanda Beck Revisions of classic fairytales to portray “villains” in new and complex ways has become a popular storytelling device these days, and it’s time to get to know another misunderstood phenomenon: the night. Going beyond quotidian worries of a dark sky, many of us can list several fond memories that take place when the [...]

In Search for the Night Sky: A Visit from Paul Bogard

The Biophilic Cities Project had the honor of hosting author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown and Company) and professor, Paul Bogard, this past month. As a creative non-fiction writer, Bogard has a special way of sharing the research and telling the narrative of [...]