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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Updated:  Monday, 05-30-16.  Estimated reading time: three to four minutes.

I say what I think and feel, and feel and think what I say! No apologies.

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

No one ever changed the rules by following them.

I’m Jack Troeger, retired earth science teacher and proud Earth Hugger.  The LORAX spoke for the trees.  I speak for Earth, Galaxies, and all Species!  I live in Iowa, Flyoverland, America’s most environmentally altered state, where the air, water, soil, and night skies are polluted. As a lifelong amateur astronomer, I fight light blighters — Satans Of Brightness (SOBs) — and others.  I do not give in, give up, give out!  Please join me today to eliminate lights that desecrate nights!

Two Light Pollution Solutions:

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

I have a hunch you chose choice 1.   I prefer choice 2, because it’s the ONLY real solution to light pollution. Nothing else will eliminate lights that desecrate nights.   But before you get your knickers in a knot, here’s a brief description of choice number 1.



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.

Milky Way. Terrence Dickinson

Milky Way.     T. Dickinson

Vorrarit Anantsorrarak

Vorrarit Anantsorrarak

GOT STARLIGHT?  Has your Milky Way vanished from view, lost in the glare and glow of excessive light at night?   More than 75% of humans have never seen the Milky Way!

When people ask: “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 are other ways. No one ever changed the rules by following them!

Edward Abbey – Action Is The Antidote To Despair.

Do you despair over the dilemma of light at night?  Me too.  I act.  YOU?

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stargazers! ‘Tis time to Jack things up a tad! ‘Tis time for temerity, not timidity!

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 to

1. adopt Nature’s Lighting Ordinance (NLO)

2. make most nighttime lights mimic the brightness of the Full Moon or dimmer.

3. use amber-hued lights (540 nanometers or greater) and temperature (2000 degrees Kelvin or less).  No blue-rich white LEDs!

4. aim lights down to see what’s up!

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!

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

Friends, how much light does the full moon spray on your neighborhood?  Weather permitting, witness NLO in action during June’s full moon, Sunday – Tuesday, June, 19 – 21. Imagine your community bathed in Nature’s light, not excessively bright, star-stealing LIGHT BOMBS. Light pollution increases 6% per year, accelerating every year.  Folks, June’s Moon’s The Tune!

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

Please watch two favored videos and consider how my MR and NLO will restore starlight.


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 up, 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 one more thing: ‘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.