Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack.
I’m a dark sky kinda guy with eyes for starry skies!
KISS! Keep It Simple, Stargazers! Ask Questions! Seek Answers!
Edward Abbey: “You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”
Time to tack in a different direction. Please follow.
Sleep’s now my prime focus; dark skies, secondary.
Ah, the universal z-z-z-zound of deep sleep!
Got sleep? No? Why not? LIGHT!
Yes, light! Sleep-stealing, star-stealing light!
SLEEP, not food, is third after AIR and WATER for sustaining life! Think about it!
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 light and dark skies for all.
STARRY NIGHTS = SLEEPY NIGHTS!
Our ancestors survived ‘n thrived – surthrived – in the dark, or we wouldn’t be here. Please reflect on that.
Everyone, everything requires sleep. Only a few astronomers require dark night skies. I know more sleep-starved people than dark-starved astronomers! You?
Do stars sleep? How about Sirius the Dog Star? Do rocks sleep during the Petracene Period? What, you’ve never heard of Bedrock? Now you’re between a rock and a star-ed place, aren’t you? Yuk, yuk, yuk!
We must transform starless, sleepless nights based on our irrational FEAR of the dark, to starry, sleepy nights based on NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance: Sunlight by day. Moonlight by night. 540nm.
Sleep matters! Dark matter(s), too! Be the first in your community, county, country to demand more dark and better sleep for all.
When was the last time you slept like a baby? I thought so!
NLO! Make It So!
But how, Stargeezer? The Moon’s the tune, folks! The Full Moon.
Here’s a beautiful video by Jennifer West and Ian Cameron. It draws tears every time I watch it. It’s message is clear: Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights! NLO! Make It So!
CUE THE MUSIC MAN — Prof. Harold Hill:
Now, folks, either you’re closin’ your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge – sleeplessness – or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by sleep-stealin’ night light in your community.
Weeeell, ya got trouble, my friends…right there, I say, trouble right there in your city. Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for POOL-lution! Light pollution.
Why sure, I’m a lifelong stargazer, certainly; mighty proud, I say, I’m always mighty proud…
Read on to cure sleeplessness and save stars in your River City, or read all my version of Meredith Willson’s Ya Got Trouble…
Now, folks, I know you care more about sleep than star-soaked skies, so let’s tone down light POOL-lution and sleep like a baby. The Moon’s the tune!
Light pollution (LP) is a chief thief of sleep and a symptom of Industrial Civilization, a deadly disease. It sacks sleep, steals starlight, causes cancer, kills critters, wastes $$$…
Where does Industrial Civilization lead? HERE.
Eliminating LP saves sleep, starlight, money, energy, and improves human and ecosystem health, etc.
LP increases up to 6% per year, doubling every 12 years. Others’ attempts to eliminate LP are quixotic quests tilting at light-mills.
So, it’s up to you. Don’t run ‘n hide like a cockroach when lights go on! Stand ‘n fight! All you have to lose is sleep and the Universe!
I fight LP as if sleep, starry skies, and life really matter. You?
The essence of my bright solution to light pollution, my dark sky / deep sleep credo:
Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights
How, Stargeezer? Adopt NLO – Nature’s Lighting Ordinance. NLO! MAKE IT SO!
Whoa, there, pardner! Them’s tough words yer shootin’. What’s this “Eliminate Lights…” guff?
Not all lights, just those that desecrate nights. Children can easily distinguish lights that do and don’t desecrate nights. Distinguish! Extinguish! Stick a stake through LP’s heart and restore sleep and stars! Lights: when in doubt, turn ‘em out!
But Stargeezer, how do we start? NLO! MAKE IT SO!
The Moon’s the tune! The Full Moon! And 540! Stargeezer, what’s this 540…?
Shhhh… Perchance, glance at the Moon ‘n watch her dance. You’re feeling drowsy, sleeepy, verry sleeepy… In a trance…Let Diana en-trance you. Give Selene a sleep-inducing chance, watch her dance…
Or could those Lunar Librations be due to Lunar Libations? Moonshine? Hmm, just a thought…carry on.
NLO! MAKE IT SO! Nature’s Lighting Ordinance! Nature’s Living Ordinance! Sunlight by day, Moonlight by night, 540nm. Think of nm (nanometers) like inches (in), feet (ft), millimeters (mm), centimeters (cm)… Here’s a great explanation of 540nm.
Why do people (you?) suffer sleeplessness? One of many reasons: too many bright, wrong color, lights! We need to replace most of the bad and ugly lights with good lights, ones that reflect the qualities of moonlight.
There is a bright solution to light pollution: I call it a MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION. Please help make it so.
How Stargeezer? Consider the FULL MOON to be a revolution in nighttime lighting, the source of most future outdoor night light.
IMAGINE: Your community, county, country, continent bathed in the glow of lights that match ‘n mimic the full moon’s light. The same light that all humans and all the Others on Earth have adapted to over millennia, light that does not interfere with sleep and other natural nighttime rhythms of life.
That’s NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance. NLO! Make it so!
Thankfully, when me and my Spotty Dalmatian step outside during the nights of full moon, I don’t transform into a Werewolf and Spotty doesn’t become a Werehuman, whatever the Dickens, Abbey, and Twain a Werehuman looks like.
Did you know that you can read a book by the light of a full moon. Appropriately, I read a page from Paul Bogard’s wonderful book, The End of Night, by the light of August’s slightly less-than-full moon. Try it yourself during the full moon in October.
We must kick our outrageous night light habit — typically 30 to 100s of times brighter than the full moon — and adopt NLO. Doing so will improve sleep, provide safety and security for people and property, create jobs, confront global climate change, and restore the Milky Way to its bright, starry glory.
Humans must mature, progress, and see the light, moonlight, that is. Remember, our ancestors surthrived for millennia with NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance, so…
The essence of my MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION: make most lights mimic, mime, ‘n mirror moonlight. Then we – and the Others who share Earth with us – will see the magnificent Milky Way as Nature intended and sleep like babies.
You can incite a MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION where you live during any moonth’s [sic] full moon.
More’s coming… Please return.
Please read the first two parts of my short story, CYGNUS SAVES THE MILKY WAY, in which Cygnus explains NLO here.
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