The Dodgeville Chronicle | Dodgeville, WI
Latest Dodgeville, Wisconsin, weather
Advanced Search




home : opinions : your views
January 27, 2021

12/31/2020 8:07:00 AM
We Are Losing Our Wonderful Dark Skies at Night

Dear Editor:
Here in the East Branch Pecatonica River Valley and across Iowa County, we are losing our dark skies rapidly to light pollution. I am not talking about Holiday lights, a full moon, or star light. I mean unshielded, bright lights people put up that shine all night.
If your home or business must have lights on all night, please try to reduce your light pollution by these six easy actions.
Turn lights off whenever possible.
Use the lowest wattage bulbs you can.
Shield lights so they only shine straight down.
Install motion sensors or timers so lights go off automatically.
Remove light fixtures when no longer needed.
Use a security system for security.
Dark skies help us all to sleep better, allow our children to be "wowed" by Mother Nature's lights at night, and are important for healthy wildlife populations. There is even more. Dark skies in rural Wisconsin could be an important draw for tourism dollars. People in cities can't see our Milky Way Galaxy like we can.
I am a longtime science teacher. For a generation, my students have loved learning Astronomy. For all the children, big and small, please help keep the skies over the ridges and valleys of Iowa County dark at night. Here is a great reference to learn more. International Dark-Sky Association www.darksky.org
Sincerely,
Mark Sturnick
Town of Moscow





Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   




Life
Life
Software © 1998-2021 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved