Darkness is worth protecting in the upper Ogden Valley

By: STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD Featured Image by: BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner “Stars shine over the Northern Wasatch Mountains above North Fork Park in Eden. The park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Such a designation is rare for a location so close to an urban area. The glow from the lights of Ogden…

Helper as heart of darkness? Could be good idea

Originally posted on the Sun Advocate By: John Serfustini, Sun Advocate Editor   If anyone should ask you how many public light fixtures there are in Helper, you can answer that there are 487 of them. Then you can add that 375 of them are on all night. But wait, there’s more. There are also data…

Exploring Light Pollution In Salt lake City

This article was originally posted on KUER 90.1. Visit their website to listen to the entire piece. By: Nicole Nixon Midway through International Dark Sky Week, Bettymaya Foott is leading about a dozen people through downtown Salt Lake City after dusk. Foott works with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. It aims to preserve views…

Utah Leads The World With Nine International Dark Sky Parks

Originally published on the IDA website Featured Image: The Milky Way arches across the sky as seen from Antelope Island State Park. Photo by Dan Ransom. Antelope Island State Park in Utah, U.S., has officially been awarded the title of International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the ninth such designation for Utah, more than…

Southern Utah town has starring role in dark-sky movement

Torrey • Utah is emerging as a global leader in protecting dark skies from light pollution, attracting visits to the Colorado Plateau that during the next decade are expected to pump $2.5 billion into rural economies. Residents in several southern Utah communities have mounted a grass-roots push to retrofit old lighting outside homes, business and…

SLC Lighting Jane Jacobs Walk April 25

We have all heard of air and water pollution, but did you know that there is such a thing as ‘light pollution’? Join us and learn about Salt Lake City’s light pollution, the efforts being made to protect our dark skies, and what you can do to help! Link to event on Jane Jacobs Walk…

IN DEFENSE OF DARK SKIES

Originally published on Sustainable Utah, a blog dedicated to Green News at the University of Utah run by the U’s Sustainability Office By: Colter Dye, Sustainability Ambassador   Bridging the borders of three great North American ecosystems: the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is a popular destination for…

FOX13 – Stargazing Hot Spots in Utah

  With Cedar Breaks National Monument just being granted International Dark Sky Park designation, an honor reserved for the darkest skies and the most stunning starscapes, Utah is now home to eight of the nation’s sixteen parks. Emily Moench with Visit Utah talked about these parks and some stargazing events you can go to. Check out the interview…

Empowering Collaboration Through Dark Sky Protection

Originally published on the University of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Blog By Janey Heyman Moving from a small California beach town to Salt Lake City, I realized the night sky was a severely under-utilized resource in my childhood. I can only identify four constellations: the three-starred belt of Orion, the ladle-shaped Big Dipper and its…

Salt Lake Avian Collision Survey

Helping birds navigate Salt Lake City by better understanding how nighttime lights and buildings affect their migrations. WHAT: Conduct collision surveys as part of our team. Sign up for the program and complete online training materials, select a downtown block of your choice as your route, and walk through the area in the morning looking…

See the stars at Cedar Breaks, Utah’s newest dark-sky park

From the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument on clear, moon-less nights, around 5,000 stars can be seen above this deep-red geological amphitheater. On a recent tour, Dave Sorensen, one of the park’s “dark rangers,” described how the forces of erosion have hollowed out the iron-rich sediments left by Lake Claron. “Since the lake has…