Embracing the Night

by Kelly Bastone Originally posted on Mountain Magazine Communities across the Colorado Plateau are determined to preserve one of America’s last patches of uncorrupted darkness. AS A KID, BETTYMAYA FOOTT’S FAVORITE BED WAS HER BACKYARD TRAMPOLINE. LYING THERE, HER DROWSY EYELIDS WOULD FLUTTER OPEN TO SEE THE STARS AND THE UNPOLLUTED DARKNESS ABOVE MOAB, UTAH. “THAT…

NASA DEVELOP Map of Light Pollution on the Colorado Plateau

Check out this great video about the new map of light pollution on the Colorado Plateau that NASA DEVELOP created for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. The team is utilizing NASA Earth Observations from Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Visible Infrared Image Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day-Night Band (DNB) to model the artificial light pollution…

Debate team holds mock congress at League of Women Voters Event

By: by Rose Egelhoff Originally posted on The Times-Independent The League of Women Voters collaborated with the Grand County High School debate team to host an informational speech and mock congress on Nov. 13. The informational speech informed audience members about the use of light ordinances in protecting dark skies. In the mock congress, students debated a…

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…

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…