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Is Aotearoa Losing Its Dark Sky Cloak?

Join us in Tekapo on Friday, 7 October to learn more about the impacts of light pollution on the environment.

While most of Aotearoa New Zealand is still cloaked under darkness by night, many of the natural and urban spaces are increasingly lit up by artificial night lighting. What impact does this light pollution have on New Zealand’s environment? What strategies can we put in place to ensure everyone has access to a dark night sky?

"Disruption of the darkness of night not only blinkers us from viewing the universe, but also disrupts the day-night, lunar, and seasonal cycles of light and dark which influence many aspects of life."

Steve Butler, Astronomer and Chair of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve board


The public talk is presented by Dr Ellen Cieraad, Research and Innovation Manager at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Dr Cieraad is a highly qualified research scientist with experience in ecology, environmental science, and sustainability. Her research projects are centred around the impacts of human activities on biodiversity, including the effects of climate change, pesticide use, and light pollution.

The lecture is hosted by the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with support from Genesis.

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Sep 28, 2022

Thanks for sharing! 😊

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