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The Webfooted Astronomer - October 2000

 

Dark Skies Northwest Holds First Regional Meeting on Dec. 2 as Membership Grows

IN the few short months since it was formed, membership in Dark Skies Northwest has skyrocketed, according to Bruce Weertman, chairman of the Northwest's section of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). This summer alone, the membership has grown from 234 members to 303 members.

Dark Skies Northwest will hold its first regional meeting from 9 a.m.4 p.m. on December 2 at the University of Washington's Physics-Astronomy Building, Room A114. The cost of the meeting is free or a suggested donation of $10.

The meeting will include educational workshops, lectures and displays. This will be a great opportunity to learn about controlling light pollution, to pass on lessons learned in fighting light pollution, to educate and be educated, and to promote quality commercial lighting products.

After the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dave Crawford, executive director of the IDA, will be giving a talk for the Seattle Astronomical Society in room A102. The general public is welcome.

The speakers include Dave Crawford; Jack Sales, president, California Chapter The IDA; Del Armstrong, Softlighting Systems (http://www.serv.net/soft/index.html), Bellevue; Bill Hughes, chair of IESNA Roadway Lighting Obtrusive Light Subcommittee, Portland; Dr. Woody Sullivan, professor, University of Washington Astronomy Department, Seattle.

For more information, see the Dark Skies Northwest Web site at http://www.scn.org/darksky. Or contact the chairman at:

Bruce Weertman
6749 18th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 217-7433 (wk)
(206) 783-9514 (hm)
bruce@weertman.com

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