Light Pollution Subject Of New Film
August 29, 2012

Light Pollution Video To Debut At Beijing Planetarium Wednesday

Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online

The International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions are giving attendees of the International Astronomical Union Congress in Beijing a sneak peak of a full dome video on light pollution called "Losing the Dark."

The video showing at the Beijing Planetarium on August 29 is a public service announcement that will give onlookers important facts about light pollution.

"Our team designed the show to emphasize some of the most important problems and effects of light pollution," Carolyn Collins Petersen, the producer of the video and CEO of Loch Ness Productions, said in a press release.

"Light pollution is ubiquitous, it affects our ability to see the night sky. In addition, it turns out that light pollution has effects on human health, and we've known for a long time that it affects plant and animal life. On top of all that, it costs us money and wastes scarce fuel resources."

The video not only presents facts about light pollution, but also gives viewers ways to work together to combat the issue.

"We wanted to keep it very easy for people to help solve the problem," Petersen said. "So, we suggest that they turn off unneeded lights and use shielded lights -- full cutoff-lighting fixtures."

Scott Kardel, Managing Director at International Dark-Sky Association, said he hopes everyone coming to the planetarium will see the video and realize "it is not too late to save the stars."

"They can help to restore the night sky outside of the dome to its full glory," Kardel said.

The video was made possible through a grant from the International Planetarium Society, as well as donations made to the International Dark-Sky Association.

"We're raising funds to bring this show to planetariums around the world," Kardel said. "In addition, if sufficient funding is raised, we'll be working with Loch Ness Productions to translate the show into many languages and to create a ℠flat screen´ HD version for use in classrooms and by educational outreach professionals who want to bring the message of dark skies to their classrooms, science centers and communities.”

The video "Losing the Dark" is scheduled for distribution to the international fulldome and planetarium theater community in the fall.