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This is a wonderful opportunity for folks in the Hood River area of Washington state. The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful destination, but a little too distant for me to get to from Seattle. I hope people went away with a new appreciation of the night sky and darkness itself.

Artificial light is overcoming the night. The speaker at this engagement, Bob Yoesle, who grew up in the San Francisco area, moving to Seattle 37 years ago. He’s been here about the same amount of time as I. An amateur astronomer for over 50 years, Yoesle is the president of Friends of Goldendale Observatory. The effects of over-lighting the night sky, according to this article, is that light pollution is a cumulutave and growing problem, masking our view of the skies. Bad lighting is ugly and a threat to public safety, wasting energy to “the tune of $2.2 billion per year in the U.S. alone.”

“Dark-sky friendly lighting does not require you to live in darkness or turn off all the lights at night — only the unnecessary ones. Light pollution is that rare issue that costs less to solve than to let it continue. Learn how glare lighting actually threatens public health and safety, and how to implement outdoor lights that are designed to save energy and money, and keep and protect our dark-skies for current and future generations.”

We have much power over this planet and it is truly up to us to make better choices now for ourselves and future generations of people and wildlife.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents Lights Out: Going Dark in the Columbia Gorge, on Friday, Jan. 22. Bob Yoesle will talk about the effects and hazards of light pollution. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. program, which is free to the public. […]