Families Experience True ‘Dark Sky,’ Away from Light Pollution

In recognition of International Dark Sky Week, National Geographic partnered with the International Dark-Sky Association to create an opportunity for families to have a chance to see the night sky free from light pollution.

The IDSA invited families to the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning in Tucson for a true "dark sky" observatory experience, without the artificial light prevalent in city and suburban communities.

As National Geographic reported, light pollution is "now among the most chronic environmental perturbations on Earth." International Dark Sky Week, which is March 31 to April 7, aims to bring attention to the problem and present simple solutions to help mitigate it.

This project was created as a part of National Geographic’s Starstruck campaign: a yearlong journey exploring the past, present, and future of space exploration. Starstruck will celebrate the feelings of wonder and limitless possibility that space exploration inspires.

With Starstruck, National Geographic is celebrating space, but in celebrating space we also turn our lens toward the earth and how we can live better and smarter and how to preserve our natural wonders.

To learn more about light pollution, what you can do to combat it where you live, and how you can have a similar dark sky experience, go to darksky.org.