NSN Webinar Series: Darkness in Distress

NSN Webinar Series: Darkness in Distress

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: Kelly Beatty

Kelly Beatty joined the NASA Night Sky Network in January 2021 to discuss the impact of light pollution on both society and our ability to view the night sky. You can find a recording of the live stream below.

Light pollution has become a pervasive and ugly consequence of our 24/7 society. Few of us can enjoy a star-spangled night sky any longer, thanks to the glowing pall caused by all the lights that line roadways, parking lots, and backyards. More ominously, a growing body of research finds that excessive light at night disrupts nocturnal ecosystems, sometimes dramatically. It can also inhibit the production of melatonin, a compound produced as we sleep—and only in darkness— that seems to play multiple roles in maintaining general human health. The situation has not been helped by the widespread rollout of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. Fortunately, the spread of light pollution can be halted and even reversed. Join Sky & Telescope’s Kelly Beatty as he discusses how we can safely light up our homes, businesses, and communities without wasting energy, disturbing the neighbors, or creating an unhealthy environment for humans and wildlife.
 
About Kelly Beatty

Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He served for a decade on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association and is an officer for IDA's Massachusetts Chapter.


Further Information and Additional Viewing Options

The event will also be streaming live on YouTube, but please note that questions asked over the NSN-members-only Zoom Q&A will be prioritized.
Link: https://youtu.be/_udmZngg9hg

The recording will be uploaded both to the webinar's resource page and to the NSN YouTube page for folks that are unable to attend this evening's session. 


NSN Webinar Series Page: Current & Upcoming Event Schedule

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Linkhttps://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=707
 
Last Update: Sept 21, 2021
 

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RECORDING: Webinar Livestream

Recording of the webinar held on January 28, 2021.

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