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Light Pollution: Get Involved!

How to bring back the stars in the sky and take away the glare from our eyes.

Globe at Night

Globe at Night (or GaN) is the name of a worldwide project aimed at ordinary people like you and me to regularly measure the level of skyglow in a particular place in order to keep track of the problem of light pollution across the planet Earth.

If you want to join in, follow these 6 Simple Steps!

 

I live in the Baton Rouge area. Where can I go to find other people concerned about light pollution?

You may wish to attend a meeting of BRAS' Light Pollution Committee. Anyone interested can take part in one of two ways:

  1. in-person at the Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA, 70810. (Click here for a map.)
  2. via meet.jit.si while using the room name BRASLPC.

Beginning in July 2022, meetings will be on the second Monday of each month (just before BRAS' monthly general gathering).

Every meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

What Else Can I Do?

  • Check out a book (or DVD) about light pollution from your local library.
  • Contact your utility provider to ask them how they are implementing smart lighting practices.
  • Promote a lighting ordinance in your locality if it does not already have one. (The IDA gives an example.)
  • Sign the petition sponsored by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society (BRAS).
  • Speak at an upcoming meeting of a local government body.
  • Talk with your neighbors about the advantages of full cut-off light fixtures.