Learning to love our night sky
Light pollution is one of the most obvious forms of economic and environmental waste. We see it every night in the form of bright orange blobs of light in the sky. This light obscures views of the night sky and reduces enjoyment of the wonders of the heavens. Research has shown that excessive light at night has a negative biological effect on animals and humans.
The Night Sky Conservation (NSC) program mission is to implement effective light pollution reduction measures by providing practical lighting strategies, educating the public and businesses about responsible lighting practices, and fostering an appreciation of the night sky through high-calibre astronomy education. The NSC strives to conserve our natural environment, improve the splendour of the night skies, and reduce electricity consumption and costs.
Instilling an appreciation of the night sky comes from showcasing what dark skies have to offer. General astronomy courses at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area explain and illustrate the fascinating characteristics of the night sky from star gazing to constellation identification to experiencing special celestial events.
Our online lecture series will be available soon.