[ASA] FW: Dark & Quiet Skies Meeting Announcement
marc.duldig at utas.edu.au
Wed Jun 23 10:58:43 AEST 2021
Dear ASA Members
The following email was sent to the ASA Secretaries and we believe it is worthy of passing on to the membership.
From: José Miguel Rodriguez Espinosa <no-reply at iau.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 22 June 2021 7:53 PM
To: Marc Duldig <marc.duldig at utas.edu.au>
Subject: Dark & Quiet Skies Meeting Announcement
Since millennia the silent and ordered beauty of the night sky has inspired humankind in all its intellectual and emotional expressions: poetry, philosophy, religion and science. In particular, modern science is deeply indebted to the observation of astronomical phenomena as all its major progresses, from the theory of universal gravitation to general relativity, were stimulated and verified by careful observation of the sky.
Today, technological progress, in particular artificial illumination of urban areas, has made it more and more difficult to observe the night sky in its pristine magnificence. Also, remote sites chosen to host the most sophisticated astronomical observatories because of their favourable location, are becoming gradually endangered by light pollution, radio signals interference and artificially induced climatic modifications. More recently, an additional negative impact on the observation of the night sky emerged from visual interference of the mega constellations of artificial satellites in low earth orbit.
Information on the upcoming meeting on Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society II can be found here:
José Miguel Rodriguez Espinosa
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