Dark Skies group will hold presentation in Moab
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The Moab Dark Skies Group is inviting residents of the Moab and Grand County community to a presentation by University of Utah graduate students Nathan Jellen and Adam Dalton, who will be sharing the results of their recent inventory of exterior lights in Moab and Spanish Valley.

Held in partnership with Moab City and Grand County, the Moab and Grand County Lighting Assessment is a brown bag open house from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at Moab City Hall

Over the course of several weeks this summer, Dalton and Jellen used an innovative phone app to record comprehensive light attributes primarily on street lights, and at federal, state, and local government facilities to assess light quality, and dark sky impacts to the nighttime landscape of the Moab area. Their talk will present the results of the light assessment and situate their work within the greater economic, and environmental benefits, and visual quality of dark skies.

“Aside from diminishing cultural and aesthetic value of night skies, light pollution impacts human health, ecosystem functionality, and economic well-being,” Dalton and Jellen wrote. “This study aims to foster awareness, planning capacity, and night sky friendly development in the rapidly evolving gateway community of Moab.”

The presentation is organized in coordination with the second annual Moab Festival of Science, which endeavors to connect and inspire people with the wonders of science and the thrill of scientific discovery and with Moab Dark Skies whose mission it is to promote the appreciation and conservation of Moab’s unique and rare dark skies.

Local residents and Moab Festival of Science participants are invited to attend this brown bag lunch presentation and learn about this interesting project and how the management of Moab’s lights can help sustain the spectacular quality of the night sky

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