Light Pollution Resources

Thinking of forming a new dark sky group and/or starting the IDA Places
    "Community" certification process? Here's a description of our journey
     that might be helpful:

International Dark-Sky Association (IDA):
<>  <Public Outreach Resources> <Light Pollution>
<Lighting Solutions> <Resources> <Lighting Vendors> <Ways to Give>

Facebook page for the IDA Colorado state chapter.
    "Like" the page, and you can post on their wall.

Excellent Pages of Definitions, Descriptions, and Resource Links
     Global 2006 Light Pollution Map — Color Overlays on Zoomable Map
 2006 Light Pollution Atlas — Download Hi-Rez Images by Continent
The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness, 2016 — Interactive map
<> Full earth image of light pollution
<> Very complete description and many resource links
<> Good description and large set of related links.
<> Tackling Light Pollution with Outdoor Lights
<> General light pollution description

Colorado Advocates for Smarter Lighting (C.A.S.L.)

Wikipedia Light Pollution Description and Definition of Terms:

PDF brochure: Consumer's Guide to Dark Sky Friendly Lighting from the
     New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance 

Tutorial Videos on basic astronomy and how to conduct a star party:
Astronomy video series on YouTube: Crash Course Astronomy

Ultimate Resource Guide for Astronomy:

How to Conduct an Entertaining and Educational Star Party:

A lecture, All About Telescopes, given on April 27, 2018 in Westcliffe, CO on the
telescope: its history, considerations in selecting one, and the pros/cons of the
commonly available commercially produced refractors, reflectors, and SCTs.
To view a video of the lecture, visit:

Media Coverage of the 2015 IDA Dark Sky Community Certification:

  USA Today, July 3, 2015, article describes our efforts (mid-way down the text)
      in preserving the view of the Milky Way:
      "6,000 visible stars light up America's 'dark sky' parks"

  New York Times, August 13, 2016, article about our efforts in fighting light pollution:
      "Colorado Towns Work to Preserve a Diminishing Resource: Darkness."

  Colorado Independent, September 9, 2016, article about our nightscape:
      "How a Colorado Valley Became the Center of the Milky Way".

  CNN "Great Big Story", September 15, 2016, documentary video about our efforts
      in preserving the view of the Milky Way:
      "The Towns That Embraced Darkness to See Starlight"

  CityLab, The Atlantic , September 30, 2016, article about our light pollution efforts:
      "The Colorado Towns That Turned Up the Stars".

  NBC "The Today Show, Sunday Edition", November 20, 2016, video story about
       our efforts in preserving the view of the Milky Way:
      NBC’s Harry Smith travels to a small town in Colorado where residents are putting
       covers on lights in order to take back the night.

       Also on YouTube.

  March, 2017: Video segment on Japanese NHK TV:
NHK is the Japanese national public broadcaster and has developed an episode on
     human missions to Mars for their weekly astronomy program, "Cosmic Front NEXT"
     to include a 3-minute segment on Westcliffe's dark skies recorded on December 3–5.
     To view a subtitled YouTube video clip, click here.