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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mountain Gardens Neighbors Hear about Dark Skies and Smart Lighting

Neighbors from the Gates Pass area's Mountain Gardens neighborhood met Saturday morning at "the Y" at the neighborhood entrance for our Spring neighborhood watch meeting and to hear an interesting presentation on "dark skies."   Liz Alvarez from the Kitt Peak Observatory talked about the importance of controlling our night-time light sources.  This is important not only for the observatory but also so that we can see the stars more clearly from our own Tucson homes.  Two of the most helpful things we can do are shielding our outdoor light fixtures so that light stays where we want it and doesn't stray wastefully toward the neighbors house or up into the dark sky.  The second helpful thing is to control the timing of our lights.  Do our outdoor lights really need to be on all night?  Both timers and motion detectors can help with that (and save on your electric bill!)



Liz Alvarez of Kitt Peak Observatory talks "smart lighting" with the Mountain Gardens neighbors
 
For more information, check out the website of the International Dark Sky Association
which just happens to have it's home here in Tucson.

Thanks to Carol Crouse for organizing this meeting, Liz Alvarez of Kitt Peak Observatory and to all the neighbors who attended.

Mountain Gardens is one of the original neighborhoods of the Gates Pass area, with many classic Tucson Mountain homes dating back to the 1960's. 

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