AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 89 Obtrusive Nighttime Lighting
Special Session, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, 2:00-3:30pm, 610/612

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[89.04] Introduction: Why the Special Session?

D.L. Crawford (Internation Dark-Sky Association)

It is now recognized that man made sky glow, one of the major components of light pollution, can and does make a major adverse impact on professional astronomy, as well as on amateur astronomy and on the public view of the universe in which they live. This fact is clear to most of the major organizations in astronomy and in the lighting community, and to many of the individuals involved. The International Dark-Sky Association was incorporated in 1988 as a non-profit organization to help with the necessary education outreach necessary to make progress and to be a catalyst for all others interested in such education outreach. Many individuals and organizations in lighting and in astronomy are IDA members. This Special Session, and its workshops, are a step in that educational process. It is being done jointly with the United States National Committee of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), and is the first in a series of such seminars. It is based largely on the new CIE Publication No. 150 on Obtrusive Lighting.

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