The International Dark Sky Week is just around the corner.
Observed from April 4 till April 10, residents of Michigan will get an opportunity to catch a perfect view of the night sky as several state parks will remain open for stargazers and enthusiasts.
The event was first created in 2003 by student Jennifer Barlow, according to the website for International Dark Sky Week. In explaining the occasion, Barlow said on the site, “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.”
The week sheds light on the problems that light pollution can cause, and advocates measures and solutions that can help minimize it.
“The nighttime environment is a crucial natural resource for all life on Earth, but the glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting has hidden the stars, radically changing the nighttime environment,” the website notes.
It also highlights its importance, saying, “We are only just beginning to understand the negative repercussions of losing this natural resource. A growing body of research suggests that the loss of the natural nighttime environment is causing serious harm to human health and the environment.”
The Friends of Rockport and the Besser Museum will be conducting a program to teach attendees and participants about the night sky. In addition, many parks in the Northeast are calling for people to bring along a blanket while they sit back and take in the mesmerizing beauty of the area.
Last year, people enjoyed watching the Lyrid meteor shower and comet Lovejoy during the event, MidLand News reports.
CBS Local has listed a number of state parks and recreation areas that will remain open for stargazers to allow them some spectacular viewing.