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2012-11-08

Better lights for 'Starry. Starry Nights'

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A dark night sky full of big bright stars is important in the Hill Country, just like clean rivers, scenic vistas and natural landscapes. Little by little, light-by-light, the magical mystery of the big Texas night sky is diminishing. But it's not too late to reverse this trend. You can help!
Learn how to save money, preserve our night skies and enjoy some stargazing by attending a workshop in dark skies from 6:30 pm to 10 pm, Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg.
This event is fun, free and open to the public - kids are especially welcome. Bill Wren of the McDonald Observatory will share his expertise on the value and simple strategies to protect starry skies. Learn money saving tips on how to correct wasteful outdoor lights at homes, ranches, neighborhoods and communities.
Find out how sports fields, commercial buildings and schools can be safely and effectively lit in ways that reduce light.
Weather permitting, there will be star gazing after the program with the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers. Since the group pavilion is open air, bring blankets and thermoses.
A rain location is the AgriLife Extension Office, 95 Frederick Road just off Highway 16 North in Fredericksburg.
Learn more about protecting night skies at www.hillcountrynightskies.org.