Dark Night Skies

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THE MORONGO BASIN IS NOW HOME TO AN INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK

In July 2017 Joshua Tree National Park achieved their long-time goal of Dark Sky Park status bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).  This significant achievement is the result of several years of work by Park staff, providing data and receiving IDA representatives for review. Read the IDA’s announcement and note that there will be a local celebration on August 12 – details will be forthcoming and announced on our Community Events page.

 The Los Angeles Times article announcing the Park's new status mentions local night sky activists Tom O'Key, Luke Sabala, and Caryn Davidson.

MBCA’s DARK SKY EFFORTS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

MBCA supported Joshua Tree National Park’s IDA Dark Sky Park application - here is our June 2016 letter in support of the Park's application.    

Between 2010 and 2013, MBCA Directors Claudia Sall and Laraine Turk worked with the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance on night sky issues.  You can view the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance PowerPoint Presentation describing the evolution and successes of that group.

In April 2016 a new San Bernardino County Dark Skies Committee was initiated by Supervisor James Ramos.  The group has been working with the County to improve the lighting code and its enforcement, as well as to develop some educational programs.  

Locally, there are several groups that interpret the night skies for residents and visitors:

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Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center

 - Sky's the Limit Event Schedule through Feb. 2018

The Andromeda Society

 

 

  • San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee

    In April 2016, San Bernardino County District 3 Supervisor James Ramos appointed the San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee (SBCDSC) to interact with the County about its lighting regulations and code, in consideration of the need of dark skies to maintain both lifestyle and the tourism economy in the Desert and Mountain regions of the County.

    Three MBCA Board members are part of this Committee:  Pat Flanagan, Seth Shteir, and Laraine Turk.

    As of October 2016, the Committee has worked with Joshua Tree National Park and the International Dark Sky Association as the Park pursues a Dark Sky Park designation from IDA.  The Committee will also be involved in the Park's Night Sky Festival on October 28-30, 2016.

    Discussion with the Supervisor and County Code Enforcement is planned for November. 
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    THE MORONGO BASIN IS NOW HOME TO AN INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK

    In July 2017 Joshua Tree National Park achieved their long-time goal of Dark Sky Park status bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).  This significant achievement is the result of several years of work by Park staff, providing data and receiving IDA representatives for review. Read the IDA’s announcement and note that there will be a local celebration on August 12 – details will be forthcoming and announced on our Community Events page.

     The Los Angeles Times article announcing the Park's new status mentions local night sky activists Tom O'Key, Luke Sabala, and Caryn Davidson.

    MBCA’s DARK SKY EFFORTS IN THE MORONGO BASIN

    MBCA supported Joshua Tree National Park’s IDA Dark Sky Park application - here is our June 2016 letter in support of the Park's application.    

    Between 2010 and 2013, MBCA Directors Claudia Sall and Laraine Turk worked with the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance on night sky issues.  You can view the Morongo Basin Dark Skies Alliance PowerPoint Presentation describing the evolution and successes of that group.

    In April 2016 a new San Bernardino County Dark Skies Committee was initiated by Supervisor James Ramos.  The group has been working with the County to improve the lighting code and its enforcement, as well as to develop some educational programs.  

    Locally, there are several groups that interpret the night skies for residents and visitors:

    new_moon_-_1.jpg

     

    Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

    Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center

     - Sky's the Limit Event Schedule through Feb. 2018

    The Andromeda Society

     

     


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