Starry Nights Harrisonburg is a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness of light pollution (learn more by clicking on the link!) and the steps we can take to end it in our community. Light pollution — the overuse and misuse of artificial light at night — wastes money and energy, endangers human physical, mental, and spiritual health, takes a tremendous environmental toll, and erases the stars from our skies. Worst of all, it is almost entirely unnecessary. We can have responsible lighting that ensures our safety and security without polluting our nights. Please join us in celebrating the night and learning how we can make Harrisonburg a leader in addressing this issue. Learn more about why we started this campaign by viewing the short YouTube video below. [See our media coverage!]
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All events are free and open to the public!
Monday, March 24: Screening of the award-winning documentary “The City Dark” at Court Square Theatre (see trailer below). Followed by panel discussion on light pollution in Harrisonburg and the Valley, featuring Jim Northup/James Shaberl (National Park Service), Charles Hendricks (architect with The Gaines Group, PLC), John McCloskey (Merck; TBC), Shanil Virani (JMU Planetarium Director) and Monica Athey (JMU student). Dr. Paul Bogard will moderate the conversation. Note that copies of Paul's critically-acclaimed book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” will be on sale for $10 ($5 for students)!
7 -- 10 pm.
Tuesday, March 25: Author Paul Bogard will do a reading and presentation based on his critically-acclaimed book “The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.” Room 1101, Miller Hall, JMU. Note that copies of Paul's critically-acclaimed book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” will be on sale for $10 ($5 for students)!
7 -- 8:30 pm
Public Parking: Free Parking in Lots N4 & N5
Public Star Party, Astronomy Park. 8:30 -- 10 pm.
Wednesday, March 26: “What Can We Do About Light Pollution and Why Should We?” A public forum focussing on solutions to light pollution in Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. Featuring Bob Parks, Executive Director of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA; examples of lights fixtures, drafting outdoor lighting ordinances, benefits learned from other cities). JMU Outreach & Engagement Special Event Space at the Ice House, 127 W. Bruce St, Downtown Harrisonburg. Note that copies of Paul's critically-acclaimed book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” will be on sale for $10 ($5 for students)!
7:00 -- 9:00 pm.
Public Parking: Municipal Lot at the Turner Pavillion
Thursday, March 27: “The Campus at Night: Controlling Light Pollution at JMU While Saving Money and Improving Safety.” Panel: Paul Bogard (host/moderator) Shanil Virani (JMU Planetarium Director), Regina Lawson (police chief, Wake Forest), Laura Greenleaf (JMU alum; Virginia Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association), Daniel Stein/Jeff Storey (JMU students), Melissa Griffin (JMU E.A.R.T.H. Club). WILSON HALL AUDITORIUM, JMU. Note that copies of Paul's critically-acclaimed book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” will be on sale for $10 ($5 for students)!
7:00 -- 9:00 pm.
Public Parking: Warsaw Parking Deck (behind the Forbes Center)
Public Star Party, Astronomy Park. 8 -- 10 pm.
Friday, March 28: City-wide celebration of the night, including night hikes, astrophotography, planetarium shows, public telescope observing, and more!
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University: Telescope viewing courtesy of the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers, poetry readings and night walks. Beginning at 8pm.
John C. Wells Planetarium: fulldome planetarium show and star talk. Beginning at 8pm.
Shenandoah National Park: Nature hikes, astrophotography, public star party, Brown Mountain Overlook (~0.8 mile South of mile marker 76) on Skyline Drive. Visitors will use RT 33 to get to the park at Swift Run and travel SOUTH on
Skyline Drive about 11 miles to this overlook. CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
Saturday, March 29: Public Planetarium shows highlighting light pollution in Harrisonburg & the Valley. 2:15 & 3:30 pm
Community-wide short film competition on light pollution in our community. Court Square Theatre. 6:30 -- 7:30 pm.
Celebration of Earth Hour on campus at JMU, Public Star Party, Astronomy Park. CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
Starry Nights Harrisonburg in the Media!
"Campus event highlights safety and lighting misconceptions",The Breeze, JMU, Monday, March 31, 2014
"Star Bright: Planetarium Show Highlights What We’re Missing As Creatures Of The Light", Daily News-Record, Monday, March 31, 2014
"Eyes On The Sky: Advocate Speaks At JMU About Dimming Light Pollution", Daily News-Record, Saturday, March 29, 2014
"1-on-1: Raising Awareness on Light Pollution ", WHSV TV-3, Harrisonburg, March 24, 2014
"JMU Planetarium Hosts ‘Starry Nights Harrisonburg’", WVIR NBC 29, Charlottesville, March 24, 2014
"Truth About Light Polluition", Harrisonburg Life, April, 2014
"Light pollution is a growing problem in big and small cities", The Breeze, JMU, Monday, March 24, 2014
"Reaching (and Reaching and Reaching) for the Stars", The Spark, WMRA Radio Program, Friday, March 14, 2014
"A Call to Darkness", JMU Public Affairs, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"Reaching for Starry Nights", Virginia Insight, WMRA Radio Program, Monday, March 10, 2014
"Dark Enough For You", Viriginia Insight, WMRA Radio Program, Monday, October 14, 2013
Please join us!