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Dark Sky Week Brings Awareness to Light Pollution

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When the sun goes down in the next seven days, make sure to look up because it is International Dark Sky Week.

The event, happening between Monday, April 13th and Saturday, April 18th, encourages people to enjoy the beautiful night sky, learn about how light pollution affects it and take action to protect it.

A number of places around the world are certified Dark Sky Places and provide the best of conditions for appreciating the dark sky. Some of those, like 29 different National parks in Michigan will be open later than usual and hosting special educational events.

The special week was created by a high school student in 2003 to bring attention to the issue of light pollution. As more and more areas become artificially illuminated at night, our view of the stars becomes marred and ecosystems are disturbed and $2.2 billion per year are wasted on energy in the U.S. alone.

A complete list of official Dark Sky Places can be found online so you too can look up and find a place celebrate this week.

Via Michigan.gov

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