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Dark and Quiet Skies for Science and Society Conference

6 - 10 October 2020 

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Dark and Quiet Skies conference run from October 6 – 10, 4am to 6am. Note these are the New Zealand dates and times. The conference is entirely virtual and will be live streamed over Zoom. 

There are five main topics:

• Dark sky oases
• Bio-environment and light pollution
• Astronomical observatories and light pollution
• Satellite constellations and their impact on astronomy
• Radio-astronomy and the problem of radio noise

Professor John Hearnshaw is co-chairing the dark sky oases working group which is presenting on the first day. Dark sky oases means dark sky places with some kind of night sky protection and most of these are IDA accredited places.