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Harmony Dark Sky Star Party with special guest Paul Bogard

February 18, 2017, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bok Tower Gardens Moonlight Carillon Concerts • Photo by Chad Baumer

Learn about the night sky with astronomers, meet animals who survive in the dark, and enjoy a special astronomy inspired carillon concert.

free to children 12 and under

Central Florida is listed as one of the world’s hot spots for artificial light pollution, and the Harmony Dark Sky Festival & Star Party aims to educate visitors about the natural importance of darkness and how controlling light pollution is vital for all of Earth’s inhabitants.

In anticipation of the festival, the level of artificial light above Bok Tower Gardens was measured by an IDA representative and was found to be only three points higher than the darkest point on the globe. That means the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye.

Learn about the night sky with astronomers, meet animals who survive in the dark, and enjoy a special astronomy-inspired carillon concert. Darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wildness, but is important to the health of wildlife. As most of the world is faced with the effects of artificial light pollution, the Dark Sky Festival aims to educate citizens about the importance and magic of natural darkness. Learn how you can make the darkness enjoyable and safe for all Earth’s inhabitants.

After-dark Activities

Highlights of the festival include learning about the night sky with leading astronomers, nocturnal animal encounters, night hikes, and a special astronomy inspired carillon concert. Acclaimed author/researcher Paul Bogard will present two talks that evening about the importance of dark skies and will share excerpts from his bestselling book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. He will also be available after his presentations for a book signing.

This event is proudly sponsored in part by Harmony Institute and Harmony on Lake Eloise.