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Chicago Astronomical Society
April 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
This month’s meeting of the Chicago Astronomical Society will address the problem of light pollution impacting night sky viewing. Studies of the National Park Service predict by 2025, 90% of people in America will never experience a starry night sky even once in their lifetime because of exponential encroachment of light pollution. The two newest types of light pollution emerging are coming from Frac sand mining and fracking (which will soon turn off the visible Milky Way over Starved Rock State Park and other astronomical observing sites in Illinois) and the transition to high blue spectrum/bright white LED streetlights in municipalities which has the potential to increase skyglow up to 500%.
This event will include a panel of speakers followed by a round table discussion. Program is free and all are welcome. Panelists include:
Audrey Fischer – Director for Chicago Astronomical Society and founder of OneStar at a Time/ Global StarPark Network (http://onestaratatime.org).
Drew Carhart – President of Naperville Astronomical Association and co-founder of Illinois Coalition of Responsible Outdoor Lighting (illinoislighting.org).
Dave Fuller – CAS member and producer/creator of weekly video series “Eyes On the Sky” (eyesonthesky.com) offering astronomical viewing tips and messages about preserving starry skies.
Directions for travel:
Enter Planetarium at the south entrance. To enter the Museum Campus, you must exit Lake Shore Drive at18th street and follow the winding road around Soldier Field to the Planetarium. Street parking is available. Parking rates are $2.00 per hour, payable at the parking kiosks. The parking lot may also be open, but usually costs $16.
Or use the CTA. Red, Green and Orange Rapid Transit Trains cross Roosevelt Road (12th Street.) Now only the #146 Bus goes to the Adler Planetarium. Instead of turning on Balbo, southbound #146 service will remain on State until Roosevelt and will then make a stop at the Red, Green and Orange line station before continuing on to the Museum Campus. This will replace service previously provided by #12 Roosevelt buses.