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Night sky fest set for Dripping Springs

By Hill Country Alliance

As light pollution continues to increase from rapidly growing urban sprawl, the sparkling starlit night skies of Texas have dulled for many across the state. Instead of allowing our magnificent star-filled nights to fade into a cherished memory, there is a statewide effort to limit excessive artificial lighting and restore the brilliance of the glittering night time sky.
Plans for a first ever Texas Night Sky Festival are well underway and the organizers’ intent is to increase appreciation of the night sky and promote the protection and enjoyment of one of the Earth’s most beautiful and natural resources.
Hosted by the International Dark-Sky Association Texas Section (IDA Texas), Hays County Chapter Texas Master Naturalists and the City of Dripping Springs, Texas Night Sky Festival will be held Saturday, March 5 from 3 pm to 10 pm at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center at 1042 Event Center Drive in Dripping Springs.
Individuals and families are invited to attend a free celebration of the Texas night sky with something for everyone, from kids to astronomers. The festival will feature fun activities and include the display of festival specific photo and art contests, solar observations, a Discovery Dome planetarium, exhibits from Texas Dark Sky places,
Attendees will not want to miss special speakers who will weave tales of the night sky from Lakota tradition, and from Greek and Roman mythology. Paul Bogard, renowned speaker and author of The End of Night and other books, will captivate the audience as he shares his inspiring and beautiful words about the dark sky.
For more information, go to http://www.texasnightskyfestival.org