HARMONY Dark Sky Festival & Star Party
Feb 18, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Discover Bok Tower Gardens by the light of the Milky Way at the HARMONY Dark Sky Festival & Star Party in February. The evening event includes learning about the night sky with leading astronomers, nocturnal animal encounters, night hikes, and a special astronomy-inspired carillon concert.
Acclaimed author and researcher Paul Bogard will present two talks that evening about the importance of dark skies and will share excerpts from his bestselling book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. He will also be available after his presentations for a book signing.Central Florida is listed as one of the world’s hot spots for artificial light pollution and the HARMONY Dark Sky Festival & Star Party aims to educate visitors about the natural importance of darkness and how controlling light pollution is vital for all of Earth’s inhabitants. In anticipation of the festival, the level of artificial light above Bok Tower Gardens was measured by an IDA representative and was found to be only three points higher than the darkest point on the globe and the Milky Way was visible to the naked eye.