Dark Sky Initiative

A Bright Solution to Light Pollution

Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack, A Dark-Sky, Stew-Stirring Kinda Guy

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Edward Abbey: You can’t study the darkness (night) by flooding it with light.

No one ever changed the rules by following them.

I’m Jack Troeger, lifelong stargazer and Earth Hugger.  The LORAX spoke for the trees.  I speak for Earth, all Species, and Galaxies!  I live in Iowa, Flyoverland, America’s most environmentally altered state, where air, water, soil, and night skies are polluted. Iowa before and after.

The Milky Way vanishes in the glare and glow of city lights, especially blue-rich LEDs! I fight light blight. I do not give in, give up, give out!  Please join me: Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!

Please read Derrick Jensen’s new book:  The Myth of Human Supremacy.


My Dark Sky Pledge

I pledge devotion to the stars of the majestic Milky Way Galaxy, and to a dark night sky in which they shine; one cosmos, overhead, clearly visible, with liberty from bright light for all.

Two Light Pollution Solutions:

1. A Moonlight Revolution / NLO    2. Eliminate Civilization!   Choose.

I have a hunch you chose choice 1. But what about choice 2?  It WOULD eliminate lights that desecrate nights!  OK, before you get your knickers in a knot, here’s a brief description of choice 1.

Milky Way. Terrence Dickinson

Milky Way.     T. Dickinson

Vorrarit Anantsorrarak

Vorrarit Anantsorrarak

Eighty percent of Americans can’t see the Milky Way. When people ask: “But Stargeezer, how can I eliminate lights that desecrate nights?” they’re really asking, “How can I eliminate lights…without changing my lifestyle?”  Few will alter their lifestyle (deathstyle?), but there’s a different way … NLO, Make It So!     Gotcha!

Edward Abbey – Action Is The Antidote To Despair.

Nothing will change until we change ourselves: stop voting for people who care only about growth and money. We must kill the Crapitalist System that controls and dominates our thoughts and actions, and adopt a different creed ‘n credo:  Earth First In Things, Thoughts, Deeds, Decisions!

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stargazers!

My  Dark  Sky  Initiative  Telescoped  and  Magnified:

Light Pollution.   One Solution.   Moonlight Revolution.   NLO!   Make It So!

The Moon's The Tune!

The Moon’s The Tune!

NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance. Before the Industrial Revolution humans survived ‘n thrived–surthrived–with Nature’s Lights Only: sunlight, moonlight, starlight, auroral light, lightning, fire…  We can’t return to the GODs, the Good Old Days, those halcyon years of yore; but we can create a lighting philosophy that respects all who live within, upon, above, around, beyond Earth.  How?

My MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION (MR) inspires and instructs people

1. To Adopt Nature’s Lighting Ordinance (NLO)

2. To Make Most Nighttime Lights Mimic The Brightness Of The Full Moon Or Dimmer.

3. To Use Amber-hued LED Lights,  NOT the new blue-rich white LED lights. Hey, you! Get a clue, take my cue, subdue blue. Make it taboo. Use amber hue in lieu of blue.  View stars anew.  Thank you!  To get Sheldon Cooper science-y: use lights that are 540 nanometers or greater and 2000 degrees Kelvin or less.

4. To Aim lights down to see what’s up!  Light bulbs glare?  Are they bare?  That’s not fair!  Don’t despair!  Stop the flare!  Pare the glare!  Dare to care!  Stare at Altair!

You haven’t forgotten about choice number 2 above, have you?  Just wondering.

Weather permitting, witness NLO in action during November’s full moon, Sunday – Tuesday, November 13 – 15. Imagine your community bathed in Nature’s light, not excessively bright, star-stealing, blue-rich, LED LIGHT BOMBS. Light pollution increases 6% per year, accelerating every year.  Folks, The Moon’s The Tune!

Psst!  But what if you chose to ELIMINATE CIVILIZATION, choice number 2 above?  Just askin’.


Please watch six flicks, favored videos (25 minutes total), ranging from disheartening and depressing, to encouraging and exhilarating, and consider how my MR and NLO will restore starlight.

Video 1: Astronauts Found Something Troubling in These Shots from Space.   LEDs: Not what they’re cracked up to be.

 Human Supremacy and the Rise of Syphilization!

 Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!


Is this what we astronomers and stargazers have become?

Is this what astronomers and stargazers have become?

Stop fleeing to dark corners when lights go on

Stop fleeing to dark corners when lights go on

Too many astronomers / stargazers give in, give up, give out, burying their heads in the sand.  YOU?  Use your head for more’n a place to grow hair!   Don’t flee like Kochroaches to dark corners of the country when the lights go on. Stand and fight light blight!

BUT HOW STARGEEZERMAN?   HOW?   Nature’s Lighting Ordinance!  NLO!  Make It So!


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You’ll choke (YIKES!) reading all my website at once.  I can’t do the Heimlich maneuver from afar, so please read a little each day, and though parts of it are, well, curmudgeonly, enjoy my humor gene.

NOTE:  There’s no donate tab on my site.  Use your $$$ to eliminate lights that desecrate nights where you live.

Oh, and:  ’Tis not  “In God We Trust.”   ‘Tis  “In GOLD We Trust!  Just sayin’ folks.  Choice 2 above?


Please send others my website and encourage them to adopt NLO.  And keep choice number 2 above in mind.