Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy but also disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly from space — are testament to the billions of dollars spent in wasted energy by lighting up the sky.
The Losing the Dark planetarium show is the result of a collaboration between the International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. The show gives planetarium professionals a tool to help educate the public about the problems of light pollution. Planetariums are uniquely positioned to teach audiences ways we can all work together to implement responsible use of lighting.
Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association are pleased and proud to make Losing the Dark available to planetarium theaters, educators and viewers around the world!
If we all work together, we can bring back the dark of night to planet Earth.
Category: Astronomy, Light pollution
Running time: 6.5 mins
Released in: 2013
Suitable for: KS4, KS5, Adults