About IAU100 Dark Skies for All

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Credit: Letian Wang (IAU e-light pollution exhibit collections)

Dark Skies for All: The Dark Skies for All project aims to raise awareness of the preservation of quiet and dark skies. Astronomy represents a rich and significant aspect of cultural and natural heritage and the project will stress the importance of preserving it and passing it onto future generations.

The project will address two fundamental areas - capitalising existing education programs on light pollution to reach out to students and forming a new IAU Dark Skies Ambassadors Network for public engagement on light pollution protection actions, including government lobbying actions, making the term “light pollution” a household term.

The project encourages the organization of worldwide activities around the UNESCO International Day of Light 16 May.

How to get involved? You can participate in the Dark Skies for All project in three ways:

An IAU 100th Anniversary (IAU100) Legacy: In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) celebrated its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU organised a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy under the central theme "Under One Sky". Dark Skies for All was one of the IAU100 Global Projects.

Project coordinators
Constance Walker, National OIR Lab (cwalker@noao.edu)
Sze-leung Cheung, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand 
Lina Canas, IAU/NAOJ (lina.canas@oao.iau.org)

darkskies4all@iau.org, outreach@iau.org