The International Dark Sky Association seeks and encourages darkness. Loves the dark. Believes in night. They encourage communities to turn out more lights at night. Cities that meet their standards for darkness are certified as Dark Sky Places. The whole point is to make viewing the night sky easier and better. Light makes viewing harder. Would those early explorers have been able to navigate around the world if there had been bright lights everywhere back then? Would we even have considered other planets as places of interest? Probably not. One of the largest telescopes on earth – the Atacama Large Array — is located in the Atacama Desert of South America, partly because of the altitude but also because it’s so sparsely settled that the sky is dark – really dark – and they are able to see far into space better. So let’s keep the sky as dark as possible. (Thanks MissouriQuiltCo.com)

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