A more “Night Skies” friendly community

  • March 26, 2014
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James Murr The Junction Eagle March 26, 2014 It started when the Kimble County Commissioners Court, followed by the City Council, passed resolutions supporting voluntary efforts to protect the Night Skies. This paralleled actions being taken in other Hill Country communities to preserve the awe-inspiring Night Skies and the enjoyment that comes with stargazing, including its attraction for visitors. Across Texas, as well as the nation, the problem of light pollution and the “disappearing stars” is receiving increasing attention. Yes,…

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Globe At Night – Get Out and Observe the Night Sky!

  • February 14, 2014
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The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. This hands-on learning activity is designed for schools, students, communities and families. The more participation we inspire in the Hill Country the better data we’ll have for our region. It’s easy, learn more at www.globeatnight.org

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Dripping Springs Named The First International Dark Sky Community In Texas

  • February 11, 2014
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The stars at night remain big and bright deep in the heart of the Texas – thanks to the hard work and dedication of Texas Hill Country residents. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced today it has designated the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas. “Dripping Springs joins a select club as the world’s sixth Dark Sky Community,” said IDA Ex-ecutive Director Bob Parks. Read More

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2013 Night Sky News

December 12, 2013 Sports field lighting doesn’t have to light the night sky “The lighting systems are visible for miles around and produce a substantial amount of sky glow and light pollution… It is essentially impossible to mitigate the impact these types of facilities have on the surrounding areas.” This is a significant issue in the Hill Country but it is one that is fairly easy to correct with some cooperation and good neighbor lighting. Learn about Recommended Practice (RP)…

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2012 Night Sky News

December 13, 2012 Town to receive Night Skies lights As our nation becomes more urbanized and as land ownership in rural areas becomes more fragmented, the problem of light pollution and the “disappearing stars” is receiving increasing attention. The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) has received $15,000 in grant funding from the Coypu Foundation to help the City of Junction and Kimble County to address this problem. Learn More December 12, 2012 Blanco Chamber initiates night sky-friendly business recognition program The…

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2011 Night Sky News

December 23, 2011 Commissioners endorse preserving night skies, PEC offers support Kimble County and the PEC agree to work together to protect nights skies. “As Judge Murr stated, the night sky is part of the region’s scenic beauty that brings significant economic and financial benefits to the community.” Read more from the Junction Eagle.. August 17, 2011 PEC takes action to minimize effect of outdoor lighting on night skies Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors approved a resolution at its…

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Starstruck: The quest to save West Texas’ dark night skies

We Texans can thank our lucky stars: We’re blessed with far West Texas and the Big Bend region, where infrequent cloud cover, low humidity, limited air pollution and scant urban sprawl create an astral feast for the eyes. Yet even in this idyllic setting, where the night skies are so pristine it’s like being inside a planetarium, light pollution is creeping in. Read full Texas Co-op Power article.

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