Dark Sky Initiative

the Bright Solution to Light Pollution

Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack.

I’m a dark sky kinda guy with eyes for starry skies!

CAUTION:   My starry sky views and values are controversial, salted with stew-stirring satire.
None of my words condone or sanction violence.  ENGAGE…
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KISS! Keep It Simple, Stargazers!     Ask Questions!  Seek Answers!

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

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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?

Many people answer with an Addams Family Lurch-like voice, Aaa…

…LIGHT!   Yes, light!  Sleep-stealing, star-stealing light!

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.

SLEEP, not food, is third after AIR and WATER for sustaining life! Think about it!  

STARRY NIGHTS = SLEEPY NIGHTS!

Our ancestors survived ‘n thrived – surthrived – in the dark, or we wouldn’t be here.  Reflect on that.

Everyone, everything sleeps.

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!

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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.

Prof. Harold Hill The Music Man

Prof. Harold Hill
The Music Man

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 the 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.

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Astronomers: Stop fleeing  to dark corners to observe!

Astronomers: Stop fleeing to dark corners to observe!

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 NLONature’s Lighting Ordinance.    NLO!    MAKE IT SO!

Whoa, there, pardner! Them’s tough words yer shootin’. What’s this “Eliminate Lights…” guff?

stickstakhartDon’t let your chaps lapse! Holster your sidearm, Charlatan!

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)…

Cygnus the Swan will fly by shortly to shed light on 540nm. Until then, learn more about 540nm.

Why do people (you?) suffer sleep deprivation? One of many reasons: too many bright, wrong color, lights!

There is a solution, but I’ll need your help. Please ignite a MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION!

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How Stargeezer?  Consider the FULL MOON to be the source of most future outdoor night light, a revolution in nighttime lighting!

Please watch the DARK SKY FACTS segment (2:20-2:45 minutes) on David Fuller’s Eyes On The Sky video titled Oddly Shaped Craters To See Near Full Moon.

The next full moon – Sunday, August 10th – will be a SUPER MOON, like July’s. Learn about it and the three-in-a-row Super Moon’s of July, August, and September here.

The full moon’s light, measured as 0.1 lux, is all you need to read a book.

We need to kick our addiction to glaring, blaring, nighttime lighting, which is typically 30-100s of times brighter’n the full moon’s 0.1 lux. We need to make most current nighttime lights mimic the full moon’s light. Doing so will improve sleep for millions of people, create jobs, confront global climate change, etc.

Remember, our ancestors surthrived for millennia with NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance, soooo…

full moon reflectionPlease help me make it so.  NLO.  Re-invent nighttime lighting by 2020, and develop real 20/20 vision, not the near-blind vision we have now.  Let’s create a Moonlight Revolution that makes the full moon’s light the essence of most (not all) future nighttime lighting.

The Moon’s The Tune!

Humans must mature, progress, and see the light, moonlight, that is.

The essence of my MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION: make most lights mimic, mime, ‘n mirror moonlight. Then we humans – 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.  The full moon’s the dark sky tune, a way to induce better sleep and Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!

More’s coming…  Please return.

Part One of my short story, CYGNUS SAVES THE MILKY WAY, is here.

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