Created: September 19, 2021 09:16 PM
Nationally-renowned speakers and enthusiasts of dark skies are gathering in Duluth this week for "Celebrate the Night Sky Week."
The Starry Skies North chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association is hosting the series of events, which includes evening speakers and astronomy at Fitger's. Supporters of dark skies say besides the aesthetic value and potential for astronomy, darkness plays a role in the environment and can be better for human health.
The region is becoming known for its dark skies after Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area, Quetico Provincial Park, and La Verendrye Provincial Park were all designated as Dark Sky Places, creating a 2.4 million acre region that is the largest dark sky sanctuary in the world.
"This is a really great part of the country for this issue," said Paul Bogard, the author of "The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light," who spoke Sunday night.
"It's still a relatively dark sky, it's still a relatively beautiful resource, and now is the time to protect what's here, because in a lot of places, they've really lost the night sky and all of the good stuff that come with a dark night sky," Bogard said.
Speakers are continuing every night through Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater. The events are also being streamed online.
Weather-permitting, the Arrowhead Astronomy Society is also hosting telescopes on the Lakewalk by Fitger's for the public to see.
More information is available at starryskiesnorth.org.
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