Light pollution is a growing problem around the world. Unnecessary bright light is being cast up into night skies and destroying views of one of our precious natural assets – our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
#DarkSkyWednesday: saving the stars, one light bulb at a time
I want one day every week where we can all think about dark night skies and how we can help save the stars, one light bulb at a time!
I’ve chosen Wednesday evenings!
Every Wednesday from this night forward, I’ll be posting on this website or on social media about light pollution and what we can all do to help protect our amazing night skies.
Just like you wouldn’t drive a 4WD over beautiful wildflowers, so too, we shouldn’t drive over our stars with light.
The best stargazing is in the Southern Hemisphere
We are very lucky in Western Australia! We actually see the better part of the Milky Way Galaxy in our hemisphere and are the envy of northern hemisphere stargazers. Astronomical objects such as the beautiful Southern Cross and the Magellanic Clouds are only visible from the Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.
Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world
This means you don’t have to travel too far before you’ve left bright city lights behind for pristine dark night skies full of stars. A 2-3 hour drive into WA’s Wheatbelt and Mid West regions puts you in prime stargazing country. Beautiful dark night skies with world-class stargazing! There are places in the world where people don’t see one star, whereas we see millions and billions in WA.
Western Australia is an astronomy hot spot
WA is home to incredible space science projects. The Square Kilometre Array is a next-generation radio telescope being built in our Mid West. The Australian International Gravitational Observatory based in the Wheatbelt played a fundamental role in the ground-breaking measurement of gravitational waves. The European Space Agency has important facilities here and the WA Space Centre is an important site for space tracking and communications for China, Japan and the USA.
How can you get involved?
Being aware of light pollution is an excellent first step. Join me every #DarkSkyWednesday and together we can save the stars, one light bulb at a time! Follow me here…